Students understand the role that plastic pipes play in meeting the needs of communities, including in our homes, by delivering everyday services and utilities.
- critically reflect on the importance of pipes in our homes and communities and how they impact our daily lives
- learn about the need for appropriate sanitation in our community.
- list a range of services pipes provide to the home
- know that pipes have been designed to service a set of needs in our communities, and begin to understand how these affect pipe design.
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 Technologies 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.
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.
- Art supplies, such as coloured pens and paper
- Device capable of sharing a video with the class
- Optional: House with Pipes - Image
- Student devices capable of accessing the internet for online research
- Student worksheets – one copy per student.
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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