Quick summary: This lesson is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. Students investigate four of the resources (water, energy, waste and materials) essential to sustainable house design and examine how they are currently used. With their knowledge of these resources they then re-imagine these resources in new ways. In the first part of the activity students look at their own understanding of sustainability and sustainable house design, and they investigate the four resources in depth. In the second part of the activity students create a 3D model of a house of the future using natural and synthetic materials and incorporating their understanding of sustainable house design and practices.
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This lesson is part of the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition unit. The Competition encourages young people (up to 18 years) to make a short film aimed at giving our community a ‘nudge’ on sustainability: ‘Nudge a neighbour, change a behaviour’. This year’s competition is focused on the theme “Re-imagining Resources”.
- Students understand principles of sustainability and sustainable house design.
- Students recognise how we use resources in our houses.
- Students understand that there are more ways to use resources than we currently do.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 7 & 8 Design and Technologies
- Examine and prioritise competing factors including social, ethical and sustainability considerations in the development of technologies and designed solutions to meet community needs for preferred futures (ACTDEK029).
- Critique needs or opportunities for designing and investigate, analyse and select from a range of materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to develop design ideas (ACTDEP035).
Topic: Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition, Sustainability.
Time required: 2 x 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity, lead students in discussion.
Resources required: A range of natural and synthetic materials for 3D house construction (such as wood, wool, plastic, plant matter, metal or foil, cardboard or paper, etc), butcher’s paper, Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet, Definitions of sustainability, Sustainability factsheet – secondary, Sustainable buildings factsheet.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: Mirvac, resources, water, waste, energy, materials.
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