Design and technologies / Year 7 and 8 / Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills

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Curriculum content descriptions

Generate, develop, test and communicate design ideas, plans and processes for various audiences using appropriate technical terms and technologies including graphical representation techniques (ACTDEP036)

Elaborations
  • using a variety of critical and creative thinking strategies such as brainstorming, sketching, 3-D modelling and experimenting to generate innovative design ideas
  • considering which ideas to further explore and investigating the benefits and drawbacks of ideas, for example using digital polling to capture the views of different groups in the community
  • identifying factors that may hinder or enhance project development, for example intercultural understanding
  • developing models, prototypes or samples using a range of materials, tools and equipment to test the functionality of ideas
  • producing annotated concept sketches and drawings, using: technical terms, scale, symbols, pictorial and aerial views to draw environments; production drawings, orthogonal drawings; patterns and templates to explain design ideas
  • documenting and communicating the generation and development of design ideas for an intended audience, for example developing a digital portfolio with images and text which clearly communicates each step of a design process
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Problem solving,  Technical drawing,  Modelling,  Graphic arts,  Computer graphics

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Drone search lesson

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Perfect pylons

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Kitchen gardens – sustainability action process (Years 7–10)

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Investigating key Australian fibre production practices in the cotton, timber and wool sectors

This is a unit of work about how cotton, timber and wool are produced, processed and brought to customers in Australia. It explores: where cotton, timber and wool comes from; past, present and future production systems; and a range of other related topics including land management, water management, waste management, revegetation, ...

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Waste and materials – sustainability action process (Years 7–10)

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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Thermal comfort – sustainability action process (Years 7–10)

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Stomp Rocket Design Challenge

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Design a Phone and Set the Standard

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Adaptive device design

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Engineering Ups and Downs

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Biomimicry in engineering

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Keeping it cool

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Game changers and change makers: resource book of ideas for National Science Week 2018

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Working with wind energy

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How the Rubber Meets the Road

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Classroom Antarctica: designing an icebreaker

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