Design, Make, Think - Primary Design & Technologies
Here you'll find a range of resources to support the teaching of Design & Technologies in the primary classroom. Also, you can check our our STEaM Webpage for other cross-curricular resources
- Click HERE for the F-10 Victorian Design & Technologies Curriculum
- Click HERE for the VCAA's Curriculum advice area for Design & Technologies. You'll find information here on curriculum planning, assessment & reporting
- Click HERE for F-10 D&T Curriculum Mapping documents
YOUR School YOUR STEM
In November 2020, DATTA Vic, HEV, Primary Connections and Deakin University partnered on this virtual STEM education program for primary teachers. Design & Technologies (D&T) is the perfect vehicle for delivering successful STEM programs in primary schools. D&T fosters creativity, curiosity and a passion for problem solving. It encourages students to use their skills and knowledge to address issues – for themselves and their communities. D&T has an applied, project-based way of teaching that empowers young people to have a positive impact on the world around them.
This package of resources features the webinar recordings and presenter slides from each of the 3 sessions. The aim of the project was to build capacity in primary teachers to deliver engaging STEM programs that are relevant for their students and their school community.
- Teaching Applied STEM in Design & Technologies by Laura Murphy, DATTA Vic
- Primary Connections STEM units of work by Nicola and Jennifer Lawrence, Primary Connections
- The Model Solar Vehicle Challenge by Dr. Wendy Jobling, Deakin University
- The Frog Bog Project by Patrizia Luna, St Raphael's Primary
- STEM by Design by Peter Murphy, Northcote High School
- Insect Discovery STEAM Investigation by Sally Barlow, Guildford Primary
- STEM at Mackellar Primaryv- by Sally Wilson - Focus on Food
- Click HERE for a presentation on The Victorian Curriculum: Introduction & Overview - Focus on Technologies by Leanne Compton, VCAA Technologies Curriculum Manager
- Click HERE for a summary of the Australian National Curriculum for Primary Teachers by Jill Livett, DATTA Vic Vice-President and Resource Manager
The New Technologies Curriculum for Primary Teachers
On the 28th of April, DATTA Vic ran a workshop on the New Technologies Curriculum for Primary Teachers at Melbourne Museum, in partnership with DLTV and Home Economics Victoria. As well as an in-depth exploration of the new curriculum, participants took away idea for implementation in their schools, and, thanks to Sciencworks and Discovery Bendigo, a wealth of ideas for classroom projects!
- Click HERE for The New Design & Technology Curriculum presentation (DATTA Vic)
- Click HERE for the New Design & Technology - Food Specialisations Curriculum Presentation (Home Economics Victoria)
- Click HERE for the New Technologies Curriculum presentation (Digital Learning & Teaching Victoria)
STEM Learning Sequences from the VCAA
The VCAA has published two STEM learning sequences on their website - one on Robotics Basics for F-2 and one on creating Nesting Boxes for 3-4.
Members can log in HERE to download a range of presentations for our previous conferences.
Primary Connections is a flagship primary school STEM program from the Australian Academy of Science. It is an innovative approach to teaching and learning which aims to enhance primary school teachers' confidence and competence for teaching STEM.
Lesson Plans & Units of Work
Short Design Development Activities
Peter Murphy from Northcote High School created these great resources which can be used in the classroom over one or two periods, or as extension activities
Click HERE to download all eight.
STEM by Design: Accessible Cities
This project for Years 5 & 6 uses the design process to solve the problem of equal access to life and work in the city for people with a disability. Click on the following links to download the resources:
DATTA Vic and Discovery Science & Technology Centre Bendigo collaborated on Sounds Like - a Primary STEM Project which is based on sound and music.
Click HERE download the lesson plan, complete with extension activities
This website has a range of resources on public transport safety, some of which address the Design & Technologies curriculum and the capabilities.
A new unit outline on 3D Printing & Technologies, written by Laburnum Primary School, the winners of the Quantum Victoria 2015 3D PrintaCar Challenge
A unit outline for a shadow puppet project project with links to other learning areas, work program and assessment strategies
A unit outline looking at designing bedding for the homeless
A great hands-on introduction to design thinking for younger students from The Institute of Design at Stanford
Design Thinking/The Design Process for Primaries
Teaching kids design thinking makes them feel like there is not a problem out there that they cannot devise a solution for. Design 39 Studio
This fantastic process map was created by the Schoolhouse Centre for Educational Innovation, and is based on IDEO's Design Thinking model.
|This is a great guide from Design 39 Campus in San Diego on how to use design thinking with younger students to tackle global problems. Click HERE to watch.|
Check out our Robotics Page for a wide range of STEM teaching resources for primary and secondary students.
Check out our Sustainability Page for a wide range of resources and useful links related to the Design & Technologies curriculum
The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum Lesson PLans
The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum has a fantastic archive of lesson plans, including Technology resources, for all levels. While they are benchmarked to the USA/New York State standards, they are filled with useful information, including lesson times, vocabulary guides, assessment and extension activities. Click HERE to search by subject and grade level.
Members can log in and access our annual journal Technotes HERE. Technotes is packed with articles, interviews, project outlines and lesson plans, and is an invaluable resources for Design & Technologies teachers.
Pimrary School STEM Resources in Melbourne will work with schools wishing to develop STEM programs. They can run teacher upskilling sessions and develop education resources in partnership with educators.
Primezone provides teachers with access to a range of primary industries education resources - great for Food & Fibre projects!
Create the Future - Get Your School Making! - a wonderful resource from Digipubs
Sew Electric - a great Wearable Technologies website with simple project guides
ABC Splash - Robotics - a great collection of vidoes on robotics with some targetted at primaries
iSTEM - ME Program - some great STEM resources, including Primary Units, from BORSTES, the Board of Studies Teaching & Educational Standards NSW
Vivify's STEM Education Blog - want to run a STEM Family Event at your school? This website tells you how!
The James Dyson Foundation has a wonderful range of challenges and projects for Primary schools on design engineering (UK)
Technology Education - STEM Resources - a site from the US with a range of STEM resources & teaching tools for all levels
The Your House Teacher Resource Kit, produced for the Australian Institute of Architects' Children & Architecture project, intruduces the main issues affecting the build environment through studies of familiar surroundings - the home, the neighbourhood and the school (AUS)
Balloon Powered Car by Questacon (AUS)
Music and Sound by Questacon (AUS)
Corrugated Paper by Questacon (AUS)
Properties of Materials online game by Sciencekids.co.nz (NZ)
Introduction to Robotics lesson plan by Sciencekids.co.nz (NZ)
Design Squad by PBS Kids
The Design Challenge Teaching Ideas by Bachelor of Education (Primary) teacher education students in Technology Education, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Gold Coast campus (AUS)
DT Teaching Ideas (UK)
How to teach...Robots by the Guardian (UK)
Designing & Making with Textiles by the Nuffield Foundation (UK)
Designing & Making with textiles for Year 1 by the Nuffield Foundation (UK)
Primary Technology Using Stories from History by the Association for Science Education (UK)
Five Construction Challenges for Kids by Childhood101.com (USA)
Halloween STEM Roundup by Science Buddies (USA)
Controlling Movement Using a Computer by the Nuffield Foundation (UK)
Here's a wide range of books about design, engineering and creativity, both fiction and non-fiction, for younger children - pass this on to your school librarian!
What to do with an Idea by Kobi Yamada
Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea beaty
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Girls Think of Everything - Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh
Changing Designs by Catherine Veitch
Bioengineering: Discover How Nature Inspires Human Designs by Christie Burillo-Kirtch
The Art of Lego Design by Jordan Schwartz
Coding for Begnners - Using Scratch by Joanna Melmoth
Get Coding! by Young Rewired State
Lift the Flap - Computers & Coding by Rosie Dickens
Maker Projects - Various Themes
I Can Make... Makerspace Projects- Various Themes by Emily Reid
Thanks to The Department of Education & Training's Strategic Partnerships Program for their support for DATTA Vic's Teaching Applied STEM in Design & Technologies initiative