What is a Sustainable Pipe?

What is a Sustainable Pipe?

Lesson 9 of 10 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Technology
  • Design and Technologies
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Technology
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students look at the concept of circular economy through the context of pipes. They think about what a sustainable pipe might be.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • explore the differences between the linear economy and circular economy
  • investigate what the circular economy is and how it relates to the sustainability of plastic pipes.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain how plastic pipes can be part of the circular economy.

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Curriculum mapping

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).

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

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.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

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.

UN SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

Skills

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

  • creativity
  • critical thinking
  • problem-solving

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Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and oversee group tasks.

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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