What Makes the Most Durable Pipe?

What Makes the Most Durable Pipe?

Lesson 4 of 10 in this unit

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

Students explore how a range of materials supports the design requirement of long pipe life.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • determine the suitability of a range of materials for durability in pipe materials
  • recommend materials for durable pipes and justify their recommendations.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explore a range of different building materials for durability
  • use a rubric to evaluate the durability of these materials. 

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

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).

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.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - facilitate class discussion, oversee group tasks and support students in creating and using their rubrics.

Skills

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

  • communicating
  • creativity
  • critical thinking
  • problem finding
  • problem-solving

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.

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Additional Info

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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