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Teacher guide Programming for Water Management

TLF ID M021049

This unit of work introduces students to the potential of digital technologies to manage and conserve water resources in Australian agriculture. It assumes that students and teachers have little or no prior programming experience and provides a series of introductory activities to build students' understanding of the basic skills to create code using the programming language Scratch. Students engage with the issues facing Australian producers via an interactive game that provides a context for students to appreciate the impacts of events such as drought on farming. Students cultivate seeds in the classroom and record the amount of water required to enable the seeds to thrive. This data is used in a design challenge to create an automated watering system. Students apply their understanding of computational thinking and coding to design a program to deliver the correct amount of water to enable seeds to grow.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is an highly relevant resource for introducing students to fundamental elements of programming skills in the digital technologies curriculum. The design challenge provides a real life context for students and offers opportunties for collaborative problem solving.
  • The unit also provides a context for integrated inquiry between digital technologies, geography and design technologies in relation to agricultural water management.
Year level

5; 6

Other details

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