Design & Technology prepares young people to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies, learning to think creatively. The subject calls for pupils to become problem solvers, both as individuals and in groups - looking for needs, wants and opportunities and responding to them by developing a range of ideas, making products and systems. Practical skills are combined with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. In the learning process pupils can reflect on and evaluate present and past D&T, its uses and effects. It covers subjects such as electronics, food technology, graphics, hydraulics, plastics, product design, metalwork, textiles and woodwork.