Design a Sustainable Smartphone

Design a Sustainable Smartphone

Lesson 1 of 1 in this unit

  • Cool+
  • Secondary
  • Year 10
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability
  • Economic
  • Financial Literacy
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students explore a social enterprise - Fairphone - that is making sustainable smartphones, and use this as inspiration for their own sustainable smartphone.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • address an opportunity for sustainability as a design need.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • analyse needs or opportunities for designing
  • select appropriate materials
  • write a design brief
  • created a pitch for a shared value business opportunity. 

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:

Design and Technology:

Students learn:

  • analyse needs or opportunities for designing; develop design briefs; and investigate, analyse and select materials, systems, components, tools and equipment to create designed solutions (AC9TDE10P01)

General capabilities: Ethical Understanding.

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 10, students explain the features of technologies and their appropriateness for purpose, and create designed solutions based on an analysis of needs or opportunities. Students create, adapt and refine design ideas, processes and solutions and justify their decisions against developed design criteria that include sustainability. They communicate design ideas, processes and solutions to a range of audiences.

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This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • ethical understanding
  • enterprise
  • creativity
  • critical thinking
  • problem-solving

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - Guide students through discussions. 

This is an original Cool+ lesson.

Related professional learning

How to Teach Sustainability With Hope

Quick summary: This course is for both primary and secondary teachers of all subjects, but especially for English, Science, Humanities and Geography teachers who are covering climate change and the cross-curriculum priority of sustainability. In this course, you will find out how to bring hope to challenging, upsetting or worrying topics around sustainability.

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