Activity Introduction

In present times, we are part of a throw-away society. This STEM activity is designed to inspire you to create something new and purposeful out of something old or useless.

This activity challenges you to design a new and purposeful object using junk and recycling items from around you home. Your ideas are only limited by your imagination! Think of the proverb, ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ to inspire you. Just make sure you check with your parents/caregivers first before you use anything from around the home.

Safety advice: Be careful when cutting materials and always point the scissors away from you. If you are going to use any other tools, ask permission from your parents/caregivers first.

Most children will be able to work on this activity with minimal support.

Ideal for: Middle to Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12

Themes:

  • investigate 
  • brain teasers 
  • be creative 

Time required: 40 minutes 

Curriculum connections: Design and Technology, STEM, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capabilities

Tips for Parents and Carers

The focus of the activity is to challenge children to come up with an idea, take risks and give the build a go. This can be challenging for children, so if things aren’t working, encourage them to think about how they could improve it and keep trying! You may need to help them with suggestions of which materials they can use from around the home.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

STEM – Junk Drawer Design Challenge – Years 5 & 6

Resources Required

  • Paper and pencils/markers
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Variety of junk building materials – use clean items from your recycling and objects you have around your home and garden

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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.

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

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Junk Creation - Activity Introduction

This activity challenges you to design a new and purposeful object using junk and recycling items from around you home. Your ideas are only limited by your imagination! Think of the proverb, ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ to inspire you. Just make sure you check with your parents/caregivers first before you use anything from around the home.

Safety advice: Be careful when cutting materials and always point the scissors away from you. If you are going to use any other tools, ask permission from your parents/caregivers first.

Part A: Designing Your Object

Step 1. Choose up to five items from around the home that are junk or recyclables. Find some binding materials such as tape, wire, string, etc., and challenge yourself to only use a combined length of two metres. Measure it out using a tape measure or ruler. You may use one rubber band, too, if you wish. The last part of the challenge is you only have 30 minutes to build your desi

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