National Standards Australia

Learnbylayers is currently being taught in Australian schools helping teachers teach their classes 3D printing. We know how important it is to ensure that lessons reflect the relevant national education standards. Below we have mapped out the curriculum highlighting where each lesson meets the standards of the Australian curriculum for Design and Technologies.

The first table shows how the lessons meet the standards for the beginners lesson pack. This is aimed at children aged in years 7 and 8.

The second table maps where the Intermediate lesson pack  and the Advanced Lesson pack reflects the standards of years 9 and 10.

Australian curriculum Design and Technologies

Year 7 and 8 content descriptors Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Lesson 4 Lesson 5 Lesson 6 Assessment
Design and Technology Knowledge and Understanding
Investigating how ethics, social values, profitability and sustainability considerations impact on design and technologies
Considering factors that influence the selection of appropriate materials, components, tools and equipment
Investigating influences impacting on manufactured products and processes such as historical developments, society and new materials
Producing prototypes and jigs to test functionality, including the use of rapid prototyping tools such as 3D printers
Investigating aspects of technologies specialisations, for example in architecture, critiquing the design of an existing building
Considering the ways in which the characteristics and properties of technologies will impact on designed solutions
Design and Technologies process and production skills
Investigating emerging technologies and their potential impact on design decisions
Selecting appropriate materials to acknowledge sustainability requirements by using life cycle thinking
Using a variety of critical and creative thinking strategies such as brainstorming, sketching, 3-D modelling and experimenting to generate innovative design ideas
Investigating emerging technologies and their potential impact on design decisions
Using: technical terms, scale, symbols, pictorial and aerial views to draw environments

Design and Technologies years 9 and 10

The table below maps where the learnbylayers Intermediate curriculum and the Advanced curriculum meets the standards of the Australian curriculum for Design and Technologies for year 9 and 10 students. This also includes the links to Maths and Science content that each lesson contains, resulting in a true STEM experience for the students.

Year 9 and 10 content descriptors Lesson 7 Lesson 8 Lesson 9 Lesson 10 Lesson 11 Lesson 12 Lesson 13 Assessment Lesson 14 Lesson 15 Lesson 16 Lesson 17 Lesson 18 Assessment
Design and Technology Knowledge and Understanding
Evaluating design and technology professions and their contributions to society locally, nationally, regionally and globally
Explaining how product life cycle thinking can influence decision-making related to design and technologies, for example rethinking products to provide for re-use, selecting a material for a product that has a lower carbon footprint
Critiquing mass production systems taking into account ethics and sustainability considerations
Considering how creativity, innovation and enterprise contribute to how products, services and environments evolve
Exploring the ways commercial enterprises respond to the challenges and opportunities of technological change, for example e-commerce, and carbon footprint
Explaining the consequences of social, ethical and sustainability decisions for products, services and environments
Predicting the impact of emerging technologies for preferred futures
Recognising real-world problems and understanding basic needs when considering designed solutions
Critiquing the effectiveness of the combinations of materials, forces, energy and motion in an engineered system such as a 3D printer
Examining emerging production technologies and methods in terms of productivity, profitability and sustainability
Critiquing the design of an existing product to identify environmental consequences of material selection
Justifying decisions when selecting from a broad range of technologies − materials, systems, components, tools and equipment
Investigating emerging materials and their impact on design decisions
Examining factors influencing the design of a product that has an explicit environmental emphasis
Critiquing product manufacturing processes in relation to society, ethics, and sustainability factors
Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills
Critiquing the design of new products to identify how well design ideas respond to sustainability issues
Producing drawings, models and prototypes to explore design ideas, for example using technical drawing techniques, digital imaging programs, 3D printers or augmented reality modelling software; producing multiple prototypes that show an understanding of key aesthetic considerations in competing designs
Communicating using appropriate technical terms
Refining technical skills and using production skills with independence to produce quality designed solutions
Evaluating and justifying the use and best combination of traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies
Evaluating choices made at various stages of a design process and modifying plans when needed with consideration of criteria for success
Reflecting on learning, evaluating processes and transferring new knowledge and skills to future design projects
Producing, explaining and interpreting drawings; and planning production timelines using digital technologies
Establishing materials and equipment needs using digital technologies
Investigating manufacturing processes to identify strategies to enhance production
Links to Mathemathics
Calculation of quantities of materials, costs and sizes
Scaling drawings
Measurement and marking out, creating tessellated patterns
Links to Science
Appropriate use of scientific terms
Calculation of quantities, measurement of materials and selection of components
Classification of the types and properties of a range of materials
Selection of materials and components based on ethical factors, taking into consideration the ecological and social footprint of materials
Knowledge of properties of materials to be applied when designing and making


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