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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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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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Design a treetop obstacle course

How much of Tasmania is covered in forest? Watch this video to find out! Have you ever done an obstacle course in the treetops? No? Well, join Grace and her pals as they head 20 metres up into the trees! Pay special attention to all of the obstacle course challenges they come across. After you've watched this clip, design ...

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Agency by Design: thinking routines

This series of four thinking routines or short mini-strategies that build design thinking capacities to look closely and reflect on the design of objects and systems, explore the complexity of design, and understand themselves as designers of their worlds.

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Learning from design 'mistakes'

Finding the solution to a design problem involves generating creative ways to address a need or difficulty. Design is the key and it often involves an engineer. In this clip, explore what an engineer is and what they do, and see an example of how NASA engineers might plan, create and test an idea to fix a space station.

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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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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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What is computer aided design?

Ever heard of computer aided design (CAD)? Evan from FIRST Robotic Competition's 3132 'Thunder Down Under' explains what CAD is and how it helps his team to design their robot. Why do you think CAD might be important in engineering?

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Kid architects and sustainable design

Take a look at some of the world's most amazing buildings that have been designed for many different purposes. Today, architects have to consider much more than what a building is used for and how it will look. See how young designers plan to reduce water usage in schools and homes.

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Design packet: middle school and high school

This NASA unit of work introduces students to using a simple design process to solve a practical problem. The resource consists of an PDF handout for students that introduces the process, a set of design sheets on which they record their responses to questions at each stage of the process, and a rubric to facilitate evaluation ...

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Discovering costume design with the Queensland Ballet

Watch this clip to learn about the role of a ballet costume designer. What is the aim of a costume designer? Why is it important for costume designers to work with lighting designers and set designers?

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Design processes for building robots

If you had to build a robot, where would you start? A good place to start is by brainstorming ideas with others. Think about your objectives, then think of other factors like the resources and the time you have available to you. Next, get some pen and paper and start drawing what you think your robot should look like based ...

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Using Technology and Design in Agriculture

This is a unit of work about using design, technology and innovation to improve agricultural methods. Learning activities include: examining technology used on farms, exploring a virtual farm, looking at careers in the field of agricultural technology, examining current problems experienced in agriculture and looking at ...

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Invictus Games Sydney 2018 – Design and Technology – Stage 5

How can we make our contemporary world more inclusive? This Stage 5 Design and Technology module, Build a better world - investigating inclusive and accessible technologies and spaces, explores inventions and architectural designs that seek to improve access for those with disabilities throughout their everyday routines. ...

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How to design and build a robot in six weeks!

Evan, a mechanical mentor for FIRST Robotic Competition's 3132 'Thunder Down Under', outlines the processes involved in designing, building and testing a robot in six weeks. What influences the team in their design and building processes? Can you think of anything else that might influence the design and build of the robot ...

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Design and Make a Financial Plan for a Market Garden

This is a teacher guide providing suggestions for Maths activities based on designing a sustainable market garden and developing a budget for creating and maintaining the market garden as a profitable enterprise. It highlights the need for researching factors such as crop growing conditions and sales potential, and provides ...

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Playground percentages

Help a town planner to design two site plans for a school. Assign regions on a 10x10 grid for different uses such as a playground, canteen, car park or lawn. Calculate the percentage of the total site used for each region. Use a number line to display fractions and equivalent fractions.

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Pixels and image quality

What are pixels and how do they work? Find out how pixels affect the quality of a digital image and learn how modern artists and designers can manipulate pixels in creative ways.

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The technology - Lights ... camera ... interaction! 2006

This is a video about the design of the 2006 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton. Steve Doran, program manager, Queen's Baton Relay, and designers Jonathan Lawson and Paul Charlwood describe some of the unique features of the baton and the technologies used in its production. The duration of the video is 1 min 43 sec.

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Getting your boat into shape!

A ball of plasticine sinks. Could you change its shape to make it float? Watch this clip to see some plasticine being made into different shapes. Find out which shape floats. Take a look at the shape of a motor boat. Why is it pointy at the front?