Theme: Design & Technology – Engineering
Level: 5 & 6
Students will investigate the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for a range of purposes, using science of simple machines, measurement, engineering design and technology.
- Discuss prior knowledge of engineers and their role in society.
- Brainstorm important factors when designing and building including for people with mobility issues.
- Investigate a lever, measuring weights and distances.
- Build a simple model catapult to test the level length.
- Participate in the design process: brainstorm, design, build, test, redesign.
- Observe and discuss materials and moving elements in some recycled models.
- Investigate the effect of friction on pulleys.
- Explore pneumatics and hydraulics. Be inspired to design and build contraptions.
Design and build a paper windmill
Victorian Curriculum: Content Descriptions
- Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy (VCSSU081)
Design & Technology
- Investigate how forces or electrical energy can control movement, sound or light in a designed product or system (VCDSTC034)
- Investigate characteristics and properties of a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and evaluate the impact of their use (VCDSTC037)
- Critique needs or opportunities for designing, and investigate materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to achieve intended designed solutions (VCDSCD038)
- Generate, develop, communicate and document design ideas and processes for audiences using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (VCDSCD039)
- Apply safe procedures when using a variety of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to produce designed solutions (VCDSCD040)
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