An approach to STEM: incorporating Design Technologies
Through an inquiry-based approach, we draw on the principles of Primary Connections to address curriculum requirements of both Science and Design and Technologies in these nine units.
The additional resources below support teachers to authentically embed Design and Technologies in existing science inquiries.
Planning and evaluating
Use this with students to inform how to plan and evaluate products and procedures.
Facilitating student evidence-based discussions
Use this to guide teacher questioning about student design.
Embedding the design cycle through science inquiry
Increase links between science and design technologies. Use this resource to inform planning, or to audit existing science inquiries.
Using a design portfolio throughout science inquiry
A design portfolio is a record of observations, experiences and reflections that provides evidence of the design process and insights of design thinking.
Units that address both Science and Design and Technologies
The dominoes falling pushes the marble… The marble lands in the spoon and raises it… The spoon flips the switch… Ever seen a Rube Goldberg machine in action? In this unit explore the forces of push and pull and apply understanding to design your very own Rube Goldberg machine!
Can you feel the pull? It’s like an invisible force. It’s magnetic! In this unit, explore magnets and the force fields they create. Investigate what is attracted to magnets and how far a magnetic field extends. Apply understanding to design and create a game that uses magnetic forces.