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Teacher guide Smart water - Precision irrigation

TLF ID M020800

This is a unit of work about water management in Australian agriculture. It focuses on the design and role of automated irrigation systems, what they consist of, and the savings in water use and increases in productivity they can deliver. The unit has five main topics: the Murray-Darling Basin; types of watering and irrigation systems; irrigation use in farming; watering system components; water system control and automation technologies; and an assessment element where students design an automated irrigation system for part of the school grounds. The unit’s activities are supported by background information and online support resources for teachers, detailed tasks for students, and links to videos and websites.The unit describes a particular watering system used on a farm in north western Victoria which is illustrated in a video of the same name.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is an excellent resource for studies of agriculture and agricultural technology within the design and technologies curriculum for years 7 and 8. The unit's section on irrigation and farming is of value for the content description about analysing how food and fibre are produced when designing managed environments; while the sections on watering system components, irrigation control and automation technologies; and the unit's assessment element are of value for the two content descriptions that refer to analysing ways to produce designed solutions through selecting and combining characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and generating, developing, testing and communicating design ideas, plans and processes for various audiences using appropriate technical terms and technologies.
  • The unit lends itself to an approach that integrates the year 7 curriculums in design and technologies, science, geography and the humanities and social sciences (HASS) through a focus on water. The unit connects with and builds upon the year 7 science content description that refers to some of Earth's resources being renewable, including water that cycles through the environment. It complements the 'Water and the world unit' in geography and HASS particularly the content description that refers to the nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it. This content description requires a study drawn from Australia. The resource's section on the Murray-Darling Basin would be a useful inclusion in such a study.
  • The resource is very likely to engage its intended audience. The subject matter is relatively unfamiliar and the student activities interesting. The accompanying video showcases Australian success stories; the Andrew Peace Wines agribusiness includes one of the largest family-owned grape and wine operations in Australia, and the WiSA group that markets technology, designed and made in Australia in over 40 countries.
Year level

7; 8

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  • Name: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: AgriFood Skills Australia
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  • Online
  • © AgriFood Skills Australia 2016. Except where indicated otherwise, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia license