Students explore the concept of 'sustainability' as a design consideration in the context of pipes.
- know why sustainability is important in pipe design
- determine some of the elements required to make a pipe sustainable.
- list the three principles of sustainability
- define the criteria that can help to make a pipe sustainable.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:
Year 5 & 6 Design and Technologies:
Students learn to:
- investigate needs or opportunities for designing, and the materials, components, tools, equipment and processes needed to create designed solutions (AC9TDE6P01).
Syllabus outcomes: ST3-2DP-T, ST3-3DP-T.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.
Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 Design and Technology achievement standards:
Students explain how people design products to meet the needs of communities, including sustainability. Students select and justify design ideas and solutions against design criteria that include sustainability.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - facilitate class discussion and assist students with group tasks.
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- creative thinking
- critical thinking
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Target 6.2: By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.
Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
- A device capable of creating audio-visual recordings, such as an iPad or camera
- A device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Butcher's paper and marker pens
- Optional: About the Linear Economy and Circular Economy - Presentation
- Optional: Venn Sustainability Diagram
Special thanks to:
Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia (PIPA) is a non-profit association that is committed to future-focused leadership. Through research, education, technical expertise and advocacy, they help advance the use of plastic pipes and fittings as a smart, efficient and sustainable solution.
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