Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson students will use connector pens as a case study to understand innovative design solutions. Students will analyse this innovative product before using the SCAMPER brainstorming model to redesign another everyday product. Students will create a drawing of their final product to present to the class for feedback.

Faber-Castell has long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. It is also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experience throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.


Learning intentions: 

  • Students will be able to analyse the design features of an innovative product.
  • Students know how to apply design thinking techniques to existing products.

21st century skills: 

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Years F-2 Design and Technologies 

  • Explore the characteristics and properties of materials and components that are used to produce designed solutions (ACTDEK004)

Syllabus outcomes: STe-9ME, ST1-12MW, ST1-13MW.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.

Relevant parts of Years F-2 Design and Technology achievement standards: Students describe the purpose of familiar products, services and environments and how they meet a range of present needs. 

Topic: Creative Thinking

Unit of work: Creative Sustainability – Years F-2 – Visual Arts.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Facilitate a class brainstorming session and organise student presentations.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. A class set of Connector Pens. 

Keywords: Connector pens, design, technology, brainstorming, SCAMPER.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students will be able to analyse the design features of an innovative product.
  • Students know how to apply design thinking techniques to existing products.

Success criteria:

  • Students articulate how the unique design features of a known product appeal to a range of people.
  • Students brainstorm using the SCAMPER method.
  • Students create a design based on an existing product.
  • Students communicate the design and advantages of a product design to the class

Teacher content information: Since humans first walked the Earth, creativity has driven exploration, invention and ingenuity. By inspiring our students to be creative you will be helping them develop and strengthen skills and attributes across a range of disciplines, and will be preparing them to meet the demands of the 21st Century.

All people are born with the capacity to be creative, but creativity won’t necessarily develop on its own. It requires nurturing, encouragement

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Everything begins with an idea

Brainstorming with SCAMPER

Design template

The everyday product we are redesigning:



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Reflection questions

Work independently to answer the following questions:

1. What did you enjoy most about this lesson?


2. What was most challenging for you in this lesson? 


3. What would you do differently next time?

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