Design & Technologies Wood, Metal & Plastics - Links & Resources

Browse below for a list of resources and project ideas for teachers of Wood, Metal & Plastics.

Sample VCE PD&T Exam Responses for Members

DATTA Vic have prepared sample responses for the VCAA Sample PD&T Exam Paper. These have been developed by experienced PD&T teachers. Simply log-in and visit our Members Resources Page to download.

Exemplar Student Folios

You can view pages from student folios in the 2021 Top Designs exhibition HERE.



  • 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


  • Click HERE for the 2018-2022 VCE PD&T Study Design
  • Click HERE for the VCE PD&T Advice for Teachers
  • Click HERE for the PD&T Exam Specifications
  • Click HERE for the Assessment Criteria
  • Click HERE for past exam & exam reports in VCE PD&T

  • Click HERE for the Rubrics/Performance Descriptors for Unit 3, Outcomes 1 & 2 and Unit 4, Outcome 1 

Teachers can access a modified score sheet for the School-Assessed Task HERE. It should help with marking and the due dates for the different elements

Classroom Projects 

If you have any resources you can share with your fellow teachers, send them to Laura at

DATTA Vic members - Log in to the website and click HERE for our range of members-only resources. If you have problems logging in, contact Hannah at


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 worksheets.


LED Picture Frame Common Assessment Task

Mark Evans from Lyndale Secondary College created this comon assessment task on designing and making an LED Pricture frame. It includes:


7-10 Classroom Projects

Damien Ridley from Edinburgh College shared these fantastic classroom projects.



Challenge your students design and technology knowledge with these five quick quizes (and don't worry, the answers are there for you too!)




The Co-Make Melbourne report has been written for the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation-funded pilot project undertaken by Monash University in collaboration with RMIT, Co-Syne, Sustainable Manufacturing Futures, DATTA Vic, Wide Open Road Art, DESIS Lab (Melbourne) and Hume City Council, undertaken in 2019, Impact Area: Education and Employment.

It explores how might we help prepare disadvantaged and disengaged learners for the ‘future of work’, with a particular focus on demonstrate the powerful impact maker spaces and design interventions can have in these communities.

Conference Presentations

Members can log-in and click HERE to download a range of presentations for our previous conferences

The World's Largest Lesson - Global Goals

The United Nations have set 17 sustainable development goals to transform our world by 2030. The World's Largest Lesson website introduces these goals to children and young people, and includes a wealth of lesson plans, project ideas and printable posters for the classroom - many of them suitable for Design & Technologies.  A Fantastic resource!

Design Thinking & The Design Process

Design for Change

Design for Change is the largest global movement of children driving change in their communnities using design.  Click HERE for some great inspirational stories and fresh ideas for classroom projects!


Resources from the Design Museum

What is Good Design? - a great resource from the UK's Design Museum on Dieter Rams Ten Principles

Memphis Group - Awful or Awesome?

Angelpoise Under the Spotlight

Post-in Notes - why has this iconic design stuck around for 40 years?

Thonet Chair No. 14 - the world's most popular chair


Resources from the Design Institute at Stanford

The Bootcamp Bootleg is a great resource on Design Thinking from the Stanford Design Institute

Take the Five Chair Challenge with your students!

The Spaghetti Marshmallow Challenge is a great introduction to design thinking


Fusion 360

Aaron Powter from Harvester Technical College has shared an amazing range of Fusion 360 tutorials for teachers - thanks so much Aaron!  Click on the links below to watch.


Autodesk Fusion 360 Tutorials for F1 in Schools

Click HERE for a great range of Fusion 360 online tutorials based on the F1 in Schools program.


Other Programs


DATTA Vic runs teacher Professional Learning workshops for teachers in CREO. Contact Laura at if your school is interested in participating.


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.

Design Competitions

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.


Need some D&T-themed posters for the walls of your workshop?  We've found some exampleas here - some are for sale and some are free to download.


  • The Girls in STEM Toolkit (GiST) has a range of printable posters featuring female role models in STEM careers
  • The United Nations have set 17 sustainable development goals to transform our world by 2030. The World's Largest Lesson website introduces these goals to children and young people, and includes printable posters for the classroom - many of them suitable for Design & Technologies
  • The James Dyson Foundation have downloadable posters on the Design Process and Design Engineering
  • PBS Media (U.S.) has a poster on the Design Process
  • The Forestry Corporation has a range of printable posters on different types of wood
  • Design Victoria produced a What is Eco Design? poster
  • Don't forget your Design & Technology Week poster!  You can download it HERE when you register!
  • Maplesoft have free maths & engineering posters to download and print
  • NASA have a wealth of posters available to download on their website, and many feature design and engineering topics, such as aerospace design and innovation through engineering. Click HERE to browse them all
  • The ATSE STELR Project has a free Women in STEM poster available to download, plus other fantastic resources to engage girls in STEM






  • Click HERE for a Life Cycle Analysis of plastic from the Centre for Sustainable Design Strategies
  • The CSDC also have a Life Cycle Analysis for composits
  • The Nail-It is an award-winning 3D-printed tool from QLD students Aidan and Nima, designed to help people with arthritis or Parkinsons Disease.  This link includes the source files for free.
  • e-NABLE is on online community of 3D designers developing prosthetics and other products to help people.  Their website has a range of 3D printing resources
  • NASA has an amazing range of 3D printable models on their website
  • SketchupSchool has a step-by-step guide to 3D Printing from Sketchup
  • The American Chemistry Council has a website on how plastics are made and their affects on the environment
  • has information on plastics recycling codes, and also their environmental impactl
  • National Geographic has produced a Smart Plastics Guide, with info on their uses, recyclability and health impacts. 


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