Activity Introduction

Nothing in this world is perfect, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make improvements! Think about a problem in your community or home and invent something that will solve it. Consider all the costs and materials that you’ll need and don’t forget to draw up your design!

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently or with the family.

Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12

Themes:

  • investigate 
  • be creative 

Time required: 40 minutes

Curriculum connections: Science, Humanities, Visual Arts, English, Personal and Social Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

An important part of problem-solving is problem finding. Encourage your kid/s to be creative with their ideas and not filter them until the end. You never know where a train of thought might lead you! If you kid/s struggle to find a suitable problem to work on, ask them prompting questions like, “What annoys you?”, “What do you notice that bothers others regularly?” or “Spend some time watching and listening to others and then get back to me with some ideas.”

Some kid/s might need to do some extra research to create their solution design. Give them some extra help where they need it, but see how far they can get on their own first.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

In the shark tank – Years 5 & 6

Resources Required

  • Art supplies: coloured pencils, pens, paint, coloured paper, glue, scissors
  • White paper
  • Writing pen or pencil

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Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Helpful Invention Design - Activity Instructions

Nothing in this world is perfect, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make improvements! Think about a problem in your community or home and invent something that will solve it. Consider all the costs and materials that you’ll need and don’t forget to draw up your design!

Part A: Research

Step 1. Find a problem in your home or local community. It could be that dad’s keys are always going missing, or the local wildlife does not have somewhere safe to stay at night. Write down all your possible ideas, even the weak ones.

Step 2. Select your strongest idea. Answer the following questions to decide if you’ve identified an appropriate problem.

Why does this problem need solving?

____________________________________________________________________________

How will your invention solve the problem?

____________________________________________________________________________

Who will benefit from you solving this problem?

__________________

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