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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

Select appropriate materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques and apply safe procedures to make designed solutions (ACTDEP026)

Elaborations
  • matching material and joining techniques to the design intention, for example accurately cutting and sewing the fabric pieces to make a community banner or joining components to produce an electric circuit
  • working safely, responsibly and cooperatively to ensure safe work areas, for example the safe use of equipment when making a water-resistant, floating craft or a model of an environmentally sensitive outdoor shelter
  • using appropriate personal protective equipment required for the use of some tools and equipment, for example protective eyewear
  • manipulating materials with appropriate tools, equipment and techniques, for example when preparing food, cultivating garden beds, constructing products
General capabilities
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Materials,  Tools,  Work health and safety,  Procedures

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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What is Hovermap?

Hovermap is a self-contained unit that can be mounted on top of a drone to map 3D spaces and objects from above, below and all around simultaneously. What are some of the benefits of having an unmanned robot do this kind of work? Can you think of some of the applications for this technology?

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Kitchen science

There are many different chemical reactions at work when we cook food. Watch this video to discover how some chefs have turned their kitchens into laboratories to experiment with food to create the perfect dish!

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From chocolate buttons to magic patterns

Want to do a simple science experiment that works just like a magic trick? Watch the Surfing Scientist to find out how. He creates a pattern made up of regular shapes by dissolving coated chocolate buttons.

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Precious metals

Why are some metals prized more for jewellery than others? Listen to presenter Bernie Hobbs explain the chemical reaction that affects the look and durability of metals. Using the periodic table and some dazzling computer graphics, Bernie demonstrates why 'oxygen-proof, low-reactivity, transition metals' such as gold keep ...

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Recycling whole buildings

You probably recycle bottles, cans and paper at home, but imagine recycling whole buildings that have outlived their usefulness. Explore how doing this can save a huge amount of energy, prevent unnecessary carbon dioxide emissions and address landfill issues.

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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 ...

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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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The modern office workplace, 1960s style

How different was the Australia workplace half a century ago? This Weekend Magazine program from the mid-1960s looks at work in what was then the new Commonwealth Centre in Sydney, where 2,000 Commonwealth public servants were employed. It provides a glimpse of a world that has changed beyond recognition. As you watch the ...

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Bubble engineering

Have you ever looked really closely at how bubbles stack together? Watch this video to find out why buildings that replicate the structure of stacked bubbles may be stronger and use less space.

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Designers support changing societies

It is the job of designers to support us as society evolves and changes. Watch designers invent tools that could make our lives easier in the future and learn how products such as smartphones have evolved over time to meet changing requirements and technical capabilities.

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What makes these paper planes fly?

Have you ever wondered what makes a paper plane fly? Think about the design of the paper plane as well as external factors like the various forces that are at play, then make a list of the design considerations and a list of the different forces.

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Hemp: it's not a weed!

You may have heard about the cannabis plant and its use as the drug marijuana. But did you know it has two main varieties, one of them commonly called hemp? See how hemp differs from its 'cousin'. Find out more about the characteristics of hemp that make it a 'green' crop with plenty of potential.

Interactive

The bridge challenge

This interactive challenges students to select the most appropriate bridge design for four different sites including considering size, shape and building materials. The interactive is supported with information on the basics of bridge design.

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Fast agriculture facts

This is a video giving statistical information about Australian farmers and the food and fibre they produce. It is presented by Will, a primary-school-aged boy, who points out that farmers are innovative, tech-savvy and responsive to research. The video uses scenes of Australian farms and text and graphics on screen to ...

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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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Critical load

This lesson focuses on issues civil engineers face when designing a structure. The activity explores some concepts of structural engineering and how to measure the critical load, or the maximum weight a structure can bear. Students learn about basic structures, how to reinforce, materials selection, and working as a team, ...

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Drone search lesson

This lesson plan introduces students to the practice and applications of using drones to take aerial photographs. Students learn safety procedures regarding the use of drones then capture images of simulated disaster areas. Students observe the use of drones in science and technology-based endeavours and suggest new applications ...

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Green packaging lesson

This lesson plan engages students in finding ways to reduce plastic waste in food packaging. Students investigate problems created by plastic waste then observe ways these issues are being addressed. They design new packaging for food items that currently produce excessive waste then test their designs objectively. The ...

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Collisions and biomechanics lesson

This lesson plan investigates ways in which automobile manufacturers seek to reduce injuries that occur in car accidents. Students note the effects of car accidents on human bodies, the factors that influence the type and severity of injuries, and the safety ratings of vehicles in which they travel regularly. The resource ...