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Heidi asks teams at the 2012 FLL World Festival to help her answer the question: “What is the Project?”

Joanne‘s insight:

This video introuduces the First Lego League project. The projects are based on STEM and this video focuses on the Science aspect. Each year students are given a different theme and are asked to research the challenege theme; this could be food, transport, health, etc. Once students research the theme they then talk to real life professionals and experts in the choosen field. Students are then asked to create a solution to one of the problems they have found during their research and through talking to experts. Once students have created a solution students then present their solution as if they are selling it or marketing the idea to the public. Through students finding everyday problems in a global context that they then develop innovative solutions for, students are engage in all steps of the design process.

This is a fantastic watch and could be an exampler of a project that could be undertaken in the school community. Great inspiration for the future!! 

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The Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI) – Homepage is a partnership of the Australian Government, the States and Territories that supports schools to work towards a sustainable future.

Joanne‘s insight:

This website provides resources for teachers and links to various websites which provide background information. The activities on a range of topics related to the Drfat Technology curriculum – design and technologies strand and the general capability of sustainability include waste, recycling, climate change and global warming. The site also provides opportunities to join as an AuSSI school.

Case studies, areas of activity and related programs make this site a comprehensive resource for teachers planning to teach design processes that promote sustainability and preferred futures for all.

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Education resources on ARKive including science teaching resources, biology teaching resources and science games.

Joanne‘s insight:

ARKives teaching resources have been developed with the UK curriculum and US National Standards in mind, however these units could be adapted for use with the Australia curriculum. The units cover Maths, ICT, English, Art and Science for years 3 to 6 approximately. Two units I have selected are ‘The Marvellous Mini-beast’ and ‘Adaptation’ units. These units require students to use their knowledge to design a new species. I would use these units for the Design and Technologies strand of the Draft Technologies curriculum. The processes and production skills descriptors for years 3 and 4, 5 and 6 could be addressed using these units by asking students to design a creature that could live sustainably in a certain environment based on their planning and evaluation of the information presented in the unit. 

Students could use the knowledge from the units and process of design to evaluate the impact of our decisions on the environment and implement some community-based solutions for species in their local area.  

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Joanne‘s insight:

This is a fantastic website for all teachers. It provides design briefs for seasonal activities, Maths and Science activities and technology and children. The design brief uses the context, challenge statement, parameters (such as materials) and evaluation format which clearly sets out the design problem. In conjunction with the ready to use design briefs, teachers are provided with alternative contexts and extension ideas, as well as a list of resources to assist in developing the activities for the classroom. The activities are based on pedagogy of STEM education and are easily aligned with the new Draft Technologies curriculum which encourages students to design, create and evaluate solutions that will address needs in an ethical and socially responsible way while adhering to sustainable patterns of living. The resources are free and are definitely worth adding to your favourites list.

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Joanne‘s insight:

This webquest asks students to explore the problems and possible solutions to designing a natural habitat for an animal. Students participate in all aspects of the design process by first identifying the problems and needs of the animals and then designing possible solutions that address these issuse. Students design, create and evaluate the habitats created for their animal. This process is inkeeping with the Draft Technologies curriculum and would be suitable to be used in year 3 to 6 classrooms. This resource will be beneficial to a variety of students as it lends itself to diverse learning styles as well as providing students with the option of working individually or in small groups. I look forward to using this resource in my own classroom.

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Joanne‘s insight:

This webquest has been designed to introduce students in year 5 to the concept of sustainability. The webquest provides students with background information on recycling, climate change, the effects this has on our plants and animals and environment in general. Factual accounts of inspirational young Australians contributing to a preferred future are a highlight and would be a great motivational tools for students. Although the webquest does not ask the students to create solutions it does plant the seed and prompt students to improve our way of life, thereby lending itself as a preliminary activity to designing a solution. This webquest could be used in alignment with the Draft Technology curriculum to encourage students to plan and create solutions for sustainability as a need for preferrable futures.

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