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Design and technologies / Year 3 and 4 / Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills

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Curriculum content descriptions

Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions based on criteria for success developed with guidance and including care for the environment (ACTDEP017)

Elaborations
  • negotiating criteria for success with class or group members
  • evaluating, revising and selecting design ideas, based on criteria for success and including consideration of ethics, social values and sustainability
  • evaluating the functional and aesthetic qualities of a designed solution
  • reflecting on the sustainability implications of selected designed solutions
  • comparing the amount of waste that would be produced from different design and development options and the potential for recycling waste
  • reflecting on designed solutions to critique and assess suitability, sustainability and enterprise opportunities and determine how well they meet success criteria
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Human impact,  Design,  Criteria for success,  Self-evaluation

Interactive

Design thinking across the curriculum

This cross-curriculum resource is designed to introduce Stage 2, 3 and 4 students to the design thinking process through a series of videos and interactive activities. This resource is also downloadable as a SCORM file: the downloaded version will only work if you upload it to a webserver, such as Moodle or Canvas.

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National interest - personal cost

Join early rehearsals of the Black Swan State Theatre Company's 2012 of Aidan Fennessy's play 'National interest'. Listen to the writer/director, actors and composer reflect on bringing a new perspective to the infamous Balibo Five affair. The play focuses on the emotional, personal journey of the family of Tony Stewart, ...

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Boats made from different materials

See how boats can be made from wood, fibreglass and aluminium. Watch film of some Aboriginal men making a bark canoe. See how a special mould is used to make boats made from fibreglass. Find out why aluminium is a useful metal for making boats.

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Digital Careers: Artist and designer

Have you ever made jewellery? How about jewellery that incorporates cutting-edge nanotechnology? Leah Heiss is an artist and designer. Her beautiful work brings the worlds of art, design and science together. Leah has created biosignal sensing jewellery, swallowable devices to detect gas fluctuations within your body, and ...

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Doing justice to a remarkable play

Andrew Bovell's play 'When the rain stops falling' opens with a fish falling out of the sky - in Alice Springs! Come behind the scenes with the director, actors, and set and costume designers as they talk about their roles in the Black Swan State Theatre Company's 2011 production of this internationally celebrated play. ...

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Hour of Code: Saloni teaches If/Else statements with Scrat the Squirrel from Ice Age

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. In this video, Saloni explains what an If/Else statement is. With the help of Scrat the Squirrel from Ice Age, she goes on to demonstrate how If/Else blocks can be used to program characters' ...

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Environmental fears over proposed barramundi farm

Managed fish farms are often touted as a sustainable solution to the problem of overfishing. However, a proposed sea cage barramundi farm near Darwin has drawn criticism from environmentalists as well as local fisherman. These groups are concerned about the farm's environmental impact, citing damage caused by similar projects ...

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Ancient DNA

What questions might be answered by the DNA of ancient fossilised remains? What mysteries of the past could be unlocked? Watch this clip and learn more about some fascinating genetic research taking place right here in Australia.

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Food shortage: Please, Sir, can I have some more?

Are we headed for food shortages in the future? Many scientists say that food production is becoming a critical issue and that Australia has a part to play in securing food for the world's future. As you watch this clip from 2013, find out how past strategies dealt with the food security issue, and learn about our plans ...

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Siberian tigers

Imagine a world where the only place Siberian tigers lived was in captivity. Watch this clip to learn more about the natural habitat of Siberian tigers and the things that threaten their survival in the wild. Chinese scientists are breeding this endangered species in captivity and zoologist, Liu Dan, explains his hope that ...

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Protecting exposed lake beds during drought

Visit the Lower Lakes near the mouth of the Murray River in 2009. Step onto the dried-out lake floor and watch what the wind does to the sand. How can planting rye grass help to stop erosion and to control a toxic environment in the mud beneath the sand? Find out in this clip.

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Tracking heatwaves in Australia

A database tracking the last 60 or so years of heatwaves shows that they are getting longer, more frequent and more intense in Australia. In this clip, climate scientist Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick explains how and why. Overall, she describes that the biggest increase has been in the frequency of heatwaves in Australia, ...

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How might water shortages in the Basin affect you?

The Murray-Darling Basin is Australia's largest river system and it's an important source of water for many Australian communities and farmers. In this clip from mid-2013, Discover more about the Basin, how it connects people and places, and the impact that drought and people's use has on this natural resource.

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River porpoise rescue

Can you imagine seeing porpoises leaping out of the water in a river near you? Sounds unlikely, doesn't it, but that's what people living along the banks of the Yangtze River in China often used to see. These Yangtze finless porpoises are now rapidly disappearing. Find out why and what Chinese scientist Professor Wang Ding ...

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Plants and increased levels of carbon dioxide

We know that most plants use carbon dioxide to make their own food. So what might plants look like in 100 years if carbon dioxide levels continue to increase - will they become enormous and overtake our backyards? View the possible effects of changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide on plants and, in turn, humans and other animals.

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Bali: tourism and development

Bali, a world-renowned slice of paradise in Indonesia, is undergoing rapid development to accommodate the increase in foreign tourism. Tourism brings money but it also drives up prices and affects the environment. View this clip to explore the issues experienced by those living in paradise.

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Algae farming: a pilot project in the Pilbara

Ever heard of algae farming? It's a new renewable industry beginning to take shape in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. With the ability to produce food, fuel and pharmaceuticals, algae farms could potentially generate billions of dollars. Watch this clip to find out about US company Aurora Algae and the products ...

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Growing avocados

Demand for certain kinds of food changes with time as people's tastes change. Avocados were not always popular, but in recent years their popularity has increased so much that supply cannot keep up with demand. Learn how stem cell scientists at the University of Queensland are leading the way in research that could cut ...

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Why are coral reefs important?

Coral reefs contain a high biodiversity of marine life and they're vital natural assets for coastal communities and cultures. In this clip you will hear from a panel of scientific and community experts as they discuss the importance of coral reefs to billions of people around the world. Discover some perspectives on the ...

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Engineering clean rivers

Figuring out how to clean up contaminated rivers is a big challenge. It's also tricky to work out where the most contaminated parts of a river system are and whether its fish are safe to eat. Watch this video and learn how engineering has helped to solve these problems. Why do you think engineers looked to the bottom of ...