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Applied Design, Skills, & Technologies (ADST)

The new Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (ADST) curriculum is an experiential, hands-on program of learning through design and creation that includes skills and concepts from traditional and Aboriginal practice; from the existing disciplines of Business Education, Home Economics, Information Technology, and Technology Education.

The name "Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies" replaces "Applied Skills." The new name is intended to better capture the scope and nature of the domain. Design involves the ability to combine an empathetic understanding of the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and critical thinking to analyze and fit solutions to the context. To move from design to final product or service requires skills and technology. Skills are the abilities gained through competence to do something and to do it increasingly well. Technologies are tools that enable human capabilities.


  • This is a new provincial curriculum for K-7
  • The K-5 curriculum consists only of Curricular Competencies and Big Ideas. The intent is that these will provide a common focus and a common language for the designing and making activities that are currently a normal part of students' learning experiences in K-5 classrooms
  • The simplified curriculum for K-5 has no content. The intent and requirement is that teachers use the learning standards for Curricular Competencies from other areas of learning to provide students with cross-curricular opportunities to develop skills in design thinking and making.
  • Curricular Competencies are grade grouped K-3, 4-5, and 6-7 to simplify design stages and be more developmentally more appropriate.

For those seeking more information on the B.C. Curriculum, please visit the Ministry of Education & Childcare site or follow the link below:


If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please feel free to contact us. 

Priority Practices - Department Contact
email:           ph: 604-595-5325

Gareth Poon - ADST Helping Teacher
email:            ph: 604-595-6108  

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