Students look at the concept of circular economy through the context of pipes. They think about what a sustainable pipe might be.
- 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.
- explain how plastic pipes can be part of the circular economy.
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.
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.
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- critical thinking
- Access to the student worksheet for groups of students
- Art supplies - coloured pens and paper OR lined paper
- Devices capable of accessing the internet - one per student
- Optional: About the Linear Economy and Circular Economy - Presentation
- Writing materials.
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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