Primary Resources

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


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. 

Webinar 1

  • Teaching Applied STEM in Design & Technologies by Laura Murphy, DATTA Vic
  • Primary Connections STEM units of work by Nicola and Jennifer Lawrence, Primary Connections

Webinar 2

  • The Model Solar Vehicle Challenge by Dr. Wendy Jobling, Deakin University
  • The Frog Bog Project by Patrizia Luna, St Raphael's Primary 

Webinar 3

  • 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

Teacher Presentations

  • 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.

Conference Presentations

 Members can log in HERE to download a range of presentations for our previous conferences. 

Primary Connections

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:


Sounds Like...

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


The Public Transport Teachers' Hub

This website has a range of resources on public transport safety, some of which address the  Design & Technologies curriculum and the capabilities.


3D PrintaCar Inquiry Planner

A new unit outline on 3D Printing & Technologies, written by Laburnum Primary School, the winners of the Quantum Victoria 2015 3D PrintaCar Challenge


Shadow Puppets

A unit outline for a shadow puppet project project with links to other learning areas, work program and assessment strategies


What Keeps You Warm in the Winter?

A unit outline looking at designing bedding for the homeless


The Foil Challenge

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.

  • Click HERE for the Primary Guide
  • Click HERE for the Facilitator's Guide
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.

Sustainability Resources

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 HERETechnotes is packed with articles, interviews, project outlines and lesson plans, and is an invaluable resources for Design & Technologies teachers.

Useful Links

Check out DATTA Vic's other web pages for Design & Technologies resources for working with Wood, Metal & Plastics, Textiles and Electronics

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)

Instructables - Project Based Engineering for Kids 

The HomeSchool Scientist - 100 Engineering Projects (US) - 25 STEAM Ptrojects for Kids

Music and Sound by Questacon (AUS)

Corrugated Paper by Questacon (AUS)

Properties of Materials online game by (NZ)

Introduction to Robotics lesson plan by (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)

Engineers Without Borders Australia School Outreach (AUS)

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 (USA)

How to make your own LED tilt lamp

Children's Engineering - a Teacher Resource Guide for Design & Technology in Grades K-5 (USA)

Halloween STEM Roundup by Science Buddies (USA)

Controlling Movement Using a Computer by the Nuffield Foundation (UK)

Book List

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