Part of the Design Technologies curriculum for primary students is very similar to that of the SACSA (South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability) Framework, for those who can remember using this, in that it generally has a ‘design, make and appraise’ approach with the addition of ‘critically examine’ before the design process. I’ve created a list of design steps and an assessment rubric which can be modified easily to cater for different year levels.
Steps for the design process:
Encourage students to think of an everyday problem or a problem with an existing product and ask them how they might solve it.
Ask students to research the current solution to their problem or the current materials of an existing product.
Encourage students to think of at least 3 possible design solutions.
Ask students to construct and test their design solution. If their design solution is too big or they can’t actually make it, ask them to create a proto-type.
Did your invention/design work? Was it a failure? What are the good and bad points? What might you do to improve your invention?
Product: Duckochick by Sydney (age 10)
Audience: Duck and Chicken owners.
Purpose: Feeds chickens and duck on the go.It is simple, easy and quick.
How the current product works: Currently at home to feed the ducks we have to get the hose and put some water into the bowl and then fill up a tin can with duck food from the big bin. Then we need to pour it into their food bowl. This takes too long. To feed the chickens we have to get the tin and scoop up some chicken food and put it in the food bowl. These processes are too inconvenient for a busy family.
Solution: The Duckochick
Choice of Materials: I chose plastic because it is light weight and can hold liquid with out leakage. It also can be dyed in multiple colours. The duct tape is used to add additional strength to make the feeder sturdier. I used the pump lid (lid A) so that the water can flow through at a steady pace. The screw lids (lids 1,2 and B) so that it is easy to fill the feeder. A Screw on lid is also used to let the grains fall out at a steady pace.
How it will work: