Activity Introduction

Mobile phone.jpgQuick summary: Students appreciate and understand the variety and quantity of resources that come together to manufacture a mobile phone. They will be introduced to the idea that products have life cycles and will be encouraged to consider the impact of the product life cycle on the environment. 

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Learning goals:

  • Students understand that it takes a lot of resources to produce a mobile phone;
  • Students see that there is a life cycle to every mobile phone;
  • Students will understand that the life cycle of a mobile phone impacts our environment. 

General Capabilities: Critical and creative thinkingEthical understanding.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 5 Science:

  • Important contributions to the advancement of science have been made by people from a range of cultures (ACSHE082)
  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE083)
  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE217)

Year 6 Science: 

  • Electrical circuits provide a means of transferring and transforming electricity (ACSSU097)
  • Important contributions to the advancement of science have been made by people from a range of cultures (ACSHE099)
  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE100)
  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220)

Syllabus OutcomesST3-8ES, ST3-7PW, ST3-6PW

Topic: Consumption, recycling, waste.

Time required: 2 – 4 lessons

Resources required: Worksheet: Fact sheet: Mobile Phone Manufacturing; Video: Mobile Phone Manufacturing (Part 1,  Part 2, Part 3, Part 4); Interactive whiteboard (IWB).

Digital learning opportunities: Video: Product Life Cycles; TED Talks: Sustainability by design.

Homework and extension opportunities: Visit the Vodafone Eco Rating site, view the Video: Vodafone Eco Rating and look at how you can calculate the mobile phone’s impact on the environment. 

Keywords: Waste, litter, e-waste, mobile phone, consumption, MobileMuster.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

landfillTeacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: Students begin to appreciate and understand the variety and quantity of resources that come together to manufacture a mobile phone. Students will be introduced to the idea that products have life cycles and will be encouraged to consider the impact of the product life cycle on the environment. 

Teacher content information: These MobileMuster lessons cover the life cycle of mobile phones and look at issues relating to the materials used in mobile phones, problems associated with re-use and systems for managing and recycling mobile phone waste. It is hoped that the knowledge gained through the MobileMuster learning modules will increase student’s knowledge, engagement, critical thinking and commitment to living in a sustainable society. MobileMuster Teachers Guide

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. The life cycle of mobile phones

Students are to read the Factsheet: Mobile Phone Manufacturing and watch the Mobile Phone Manufact

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: What is the life cycle of a mobile phone?

Part 1: Read the Factsheet: Mobile Phone Manufacturing and watch the Mobile Phone Manufacturing (Part 1,  Part 2Part 3Part 4). Sort the different stages of the mobile phone life cycle into the summary table on the student worksheet.

Extraction  Processing Materials  Manufacturing   Packaging and Transport

 

Part 2: Click here to download the 'How_are_mobile_phones_made Worksheet'.

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