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Teacher guide Bringing Engineering to Life: STEM careers

TLF ID M019742

This is a unit of work on engineering, the range of possible occupations in engineering and the future and ethics of engineering. The resource includes: An introduction with teacher notes, student tasks, embedded videos and links to additional resources. The resource aims that students learn broadly about engineering and that there are many types; and that students consider and appreciate the important role of engineering today, throughout history and into the future. Topics covered include defining engineering; meeting engineers; engineering wonders and who made them; and ethics in engineering. The resource is a career resource written for both classroom teachers and career counsellors.

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Educational value
  • This is a highly useful resource for the year 7, 8 and 9 Science curriculum. It is particularly useful for the content descriptions referring to the way people use understanding and skills from across the disciplines of science in their occupations (year 7 and 8) and how advances in science and technology affect people's lives creating new career opportunities (year 9). Task 2: Getting to know some enginners is particularly relevant here as it includes three videos of interviews with engineers discussing their work, with associated student tasks. Task 6: If I were an engineer is also relevant, which asks students to reflect on their own career aspirations on completion of the unit.
  • The resource is also very useful for the year 7 and 8 Science curriculum, particularly the content description referring to ethical considerations that science and technology solutions present. Task 5: Good engineering is particularly relevant as it provides information and opportunity for students to consider the ethics of engineering in a variety of situations.
  • This is a very valuable source of information for the year 9 and 10 Work Studies curriculum particularly for the sub-strand career development and life design.
Year level

7; 8; 9

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