Regenerating Australia - Regenerate Your Community

Regenerating Australia - Regenerate Your Community

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • Technology
  • Design and Technologies
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • ...

Lesson summary

After watching Regenerating Australia, students will work through an investigation of creative and critical thinking tasks to gain an in-depth understanding of what regeneration and sustainability mean in the context of their local communities and areas.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the various aspects of sustainability, regeneration, and the importance of an integrative approach
  • become aware of issues that are relevant to their local context
  • learn critical and creative design thinking techniques to explore complex ideas
  • build on relationships with their peers through collaboration.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • articulate complex ideas through creative and critical thinking techniques and design thinking
  • work collaboratively
  • recall and apply various methods of regeneration
  • understand and apply the Three Pillars of Sustainability

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Teacher Content Info

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 7 & 8 Design and Technology:

  • Investigate the ways in which products, services and environments evolve locally, regionally and globally and how competing factors including social, ethical and sustainability considerations are prioritised in the development of technologies and designed solutions for preferred futures (ACTDEK029).

Syllabus outcomes: T4.1.2.

General capabilities: LiteracyCritical and Creative ThinkingEthical UnderstandingIntercultural UnderstandingPersonal 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 7 & 8 Design and Technology achievement standards:
By the end of Year 8, students explain how social, ethical, technical and sustainability considerations influence the design of innovative and enterprising solutions to meet a range of present and future needs.

Time required: 95 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – due to facilitation of class discussion. The task sheet provides questions to help students write their proposals.

Resources required

  • Access to the film Regenerating Australia
  • A3 paper and grey lead pencils and eraser for drawing (coloured pencils and texters optional)
  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student
  • Tablet or laptop to access YouTube clips.


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

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Social skills

Additional info

Regenerating Australia is a Regen Studios film developed and produced in association with WWF-Australia. and Regen Studios would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of Shark Island FoundationDocumentary Australia Foundation, and our philanthropic partners in the development of these teaching resources.

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