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Design and technologies / Year 5 and 6 / Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills

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Curriculum content descriptions

Critique needs or opportunities for designing, and investigate materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to achieve intended designed solutions (ACTDEP024)

Elaborations
  • exploring the steps involved in the process to satisfy a design brief, need or opportunity
  • investigating designed solutions from around the world to make suitable, quality decisions that meet the design brief, challenge or scenario
  • identifying the importance of complementary parts of working, everyday systems by deconstructing the components, structure and purpose of products, services or environments
  • testing a range of materials, components, tools and equipment to determine the appropriate technologies needed to make products, services or environments, for example a moving vehicle
  • investigating how to minimise material use and manage waste by critiquing the environmental and social impacts of materials, components, tools and equipment
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Scientific inquiry,  Materials,  Design,  Fibres (Materials),  Tools,  Deductive reasoning

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Planning and researching projects

Listen as UNSW student William Frohlich talks about the process of problem solving. What does he say is a good starting point? Have you ever worked on a project and found yourself stuck on a problem you didn't know how to solve? What did you do? Next time you get stuck on a problem, why not use your research skills to try ...

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And now to build the satellite!

Once the design plan for a satellite is approved, it's important to identify the appropriate materials, tools and equipment needed to construct the new product. Watch this clip to find out what an engineer might do to select and test the components and techniques needed to build a satellite like NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. ...

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How to build a Mars rover

Imagine if you were building a robot to help you explore Mars. That's exactly what these engineering students are doing. Watch this video to find out about their design process. How important do you think it is to test and review the final product after it has been built?

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Thinking about the design process

Watch as UNSW student and Blusat member William Frohlich talks about the design process. What are some of the important things to consider before you start to make a project? Why does William say it's important to be flexible with your designs? Design your own obstacle course for your family using objects from around your ...

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Making games with Benjamin

Find out why teenage game-maker Benjamin started coding. What is his advice for new game-makers? Why is Benjamin excited about the possibilities that virtual reality (VR) offers for gaming? If you don't know much about VR do some research online. Think about how it will change the playing and creation of games.

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Ever seen robots play sumo?

Watch this clip to see sumo robots in action! UNSW student and Robogals member Jonathan Loong explains how the game works. How do the robots know when to turn around and move back into the ring?

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What is engineering?

Watch this video to find out what engineering is. What do engineers do? What types of projects do they work on? Think about a problem that you'd like to solve for the world. Now put your imagination into gear and start designing a solution!

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Creating a new ankle with 3D printing technology

Watch this clip to learn how 3D printing technology has been used to create a replacement ankle for a cancer victim. The titanium ankle was used in a world-first operation! Many people are suggesting that this is just the beginning of a medical technology revolution. What other objects could be made with a 3D printer and ...

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Building spaghetti bridges

Have you ever tried making a bridge out of dried spaghetti? What about a spaghetti bridge that can support a roadway and small car? Watch as teams of first-year university students reveal and test their designs. How did they decide what kind of bridges to build? Have a go at designing, testing and building your own spaghetti ...

Online

Bee habitat lesson

This lesson plan introduces students to some of Australia's native bee species. Organised in five stages, the lesson plan includes links to videos, scientific and bee-related websites, an information sheet, and downloadable versions of a pictorial slideshow, lesson plan and an assessment rubric. The resource includes suggestions ...

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Design a bridge

Do you know what civil engineers do? They design and build structures for our built environments - including bridges. Watch this video to find out what civil engineers must take into consideration when building bridges.

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How does 3D printing work?

Watch this video to learn how 3D printing works. Can you explain the steps involved in creating a 3D object? What sorts of materials can be used in 3D printing? And how is it being used in the healthcare sector?

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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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Use your creative thinking skills!

Ashwini Ranjithabalan from Women in Engineering and IT at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) sees engineering as the business of solving future problems. What are some of the challenges we (and our societies) might face in the future? Get some friends together and see if you can brainstorm a list. Now choose one ...

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Design dilemma

This series of lessons aims to develop awareness of the needs of diverse commuters on our public transport system. Students investigate the challenges involved in getting on and off public transport for users with additional needs, for example commuters in wheelchairs. They work collaboratively in teams to investigate possible ...

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A century of plastics

This lesson plan and supporting student resources looks at the development of plastics over the last century. The lesson explores how plastics have been engineered into a range of everyday and specialist products. Students are guided to investigate how selection of plastics as a material in products today considers the ...

Interactive

Thermal comfort – sustainability action process (Years 3–6)

This thermal comfort learning resource will guide students through an extended school based investigation. Students will develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect on their success and their learning.

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Waste and materials – sustainability action process (Years 3–6)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on waste and materials using the five-step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate ...

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Engineer a dam

The "Engineer a Dam" activity and supporting student resources explore the function and engineering of dams and how they have many uses and solve many problems in the world. Students work in teams to engineer their own am structure in a classroom water trough that has the ability to release water in a controlled manner, ...

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Designed to Thrive for Life

The use of genetic technologies is debated but the techniques themselves are often not described. This teacher resource Is designed to show how a plant's DNA affects it's survival, and how genetic technologies are being used. This inquiry-based sequence of six lessons is based on current food security, sustainability and ...