Students explore how a range of materials supports the design requirement of long pipe life.
- determine the suitability of a range of materials for durability in pipe materials
- recommend materials for durable pipes and justify their recommendations.
- explore a range of different building materials for durability
- use a rubric to evaluate the durability of these materials.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:
Year 5 & 6 Design and Technologies:
Students learn to:
- observe external features of plants and animals and describe ways they can be grouped based on these features (AC9TDE6P03).
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.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - facilitate class discussion, oversee group tasks and support students in creating and using their rubrics.
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- critical thinking
- problem finding
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.
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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