The Australian Curriculum: Technologies is available for use: awaiting final endorsement. The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority has developed advice, guidelines and resources incorporating the Australian Curriculum. The Australian Curriculum: Technologies describes two distinct but related subjects: Design and Technologies, and Digital Technologies.
Engineering: more than bridges and roads - Technologies,Science,STEM (7,8,9,10). Engineers apply science, technology and innovation to the design of solutions to real-world problems. In this clip, civil engineering student Arna Smith describes some of the many fields and types of civil engineering projects, and how they impact people's lives. Find out what attracted Arna to engineering and how she hopes to have a positive impact on societies of the future.
Teaching robotics with Bronwyn Moreton (part 1) - Technologies,STEM (7,8,9). How did Bronwyn from Asquith Girls High get interested in robots and robotics? Bronwyn introduces the school robotics club, tells us about Robocup and embedding robotics in the Australian Curriculum maths, science, and technologies learning areas.
Winning the race to feed a growing population - Geography,Technologies (7,8,9,10). The race is on to produce higher crop-yielding plants that will feed an ever-growing world population. See how scientists at the Plant Accelerator facility are investigating ways of increasing crop production. Some are focusing on conventional plant-breeding techniques while others are using GM (genetic modification) technology.
A passion for robots - Technologies,STEM (7,8,9,10). Want to make robots but don't know how to start? Meet the Metal Minds Robotics team. These teenagers from Northern Tasmania got into robotics through playing with Lego Mindstorms. Now they've created STEVE the robot and they're competing in national tech challenges.
Digital Careers: Medical technologies - Science,Technologies,STEM (8,9,10). Dr Thomas Oxley is Laboratory Head of Melbourne Bionics, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne. His works sounds like something out of a science fiction movie. His team is working to develop a bionic spinal cord that would decode the brain activity of stroke and paralysed spinal cord patients so they can use their minds to control robotic limbs. Dr Oxley's team is also developing a model for a brain…
Biomimicry robots - Technologies,STEM (7,8,9,10). When you think of a robot, what do you imagine? 'Biomimicry' aims to create robots that are more like forms we find in nature - flexible and pliant, which bend rather than break when confronted with an immovable object. What are the benefits of a robot like this?
A one page resource supporting implementation of the Australian Curriculum Technologies with summaries of the learning area rationale and aims, key ideas, subjects, content descriptions, strands and sub-strands.
Digital Careers: Aeronautical engineer #2 - Science,Technologies,STEM (8,9,10). Dr Lauren Burns started out wanting to be an astronaut and, though she changed her mind about that growing up, her desire to explore the aeronautical world didn't change. By Year 12 she had her private pilot's licence and soon after university she began working with Boeing. Learn about a typical day for Lauren and why she thinks more girls should think about getting into engineering!