Subjects: Design and Technology
Year Levels: 9 & 10
Topics: Sustainability, critical and creative thinking, Regenerating Australia.
Teaching Time: 120 mins (best completed over a couple of lessons).
Quick summary: In this design lesson, students will research and apply sustainability and the concept of regeneration to retrofit a room. They will use their critical and creative thinking skills and Regenerative Design fact sheet to apply the best solution with minimal environmental impact.
- Students understand that sustainability is a broad concept that is applied depending on the context
- Students will learn to apply creative and critical thinking to make sound judgements around solutions.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Years 9 & 10 Design and Technology :
- Critically analyse factors, including social, ethical and sustainability considerations, that impact on designed solutions for global preferred futures and the complex design and production processes involved (ACTDEK040)
- Investigate and make judgements on how the characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment can be combined to create designed solutions (ACTDEK046).
Year 9 Geography:
- The perceptions people have of place, and how these influence their connections to different places (ACHGK065).
Year 10 Geography:
- Human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070).
Syllabus outcomes: D&T5.3.1, D&T5.4.1.
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding, Personal and Social Capability.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia.
Relevant parts of Year 9 & 10 Design and Technology achievement standards:
Students consider factors that impact on design decisions and the technologies used to produce products, services and environments. They identify the changes necessary to designed solutions to realise preferred futures they have described. When producing designed solutions for identified needs or opportunities, students evaluate the features of technologies and their appropriateness for purpose for one or more of the technologies contexts.
Students create designed solutions based on a critical evaluation of needs or opportunities. They establish detailed criteria for success, including sustainability considerations, and use these to evaluate their ideas and designed solutions and processes. Students communicate and document projects, including marketing for a range of audiences.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium level of scaffolding due to information students need to retain regarding sustainability. You may need to model examples of drawing types ie sketch or provide examples of what a mood board looks like.
- Materials: Sketchbooks, A3 paper, grey lead pencils, erasers, rulers, coloured pencils, glue (fine liner pens, smartphones, and the photocopier is optional)
- Regenerative Design fact sheet (one per student)
- Student worksheets
- Video access to the film Regenerating Australia.
Keywords: Sustainability, regeneration, collaboration, research and planning.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.