Explore how technologies use forces to create movement in products

Elaborations

  • exploring how the principles of push and pull are used in the design of toys, for example in a spinning toy such as an Aboriginal mammandur (Skills: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • identifying, and playing and experimenting with, components such as wheels, balls, slides, springs and available local materials, tools and equipment to solve problems requiring movement (Skills: Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • selecting materials to demonstrate how material properties are appropriate for particular designed solutions, for example materials that enable sliding or floating (Skills: Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • exploring a system such as a marionette or Indonesian wayang kulit shadow puppet to see that by combining materials with forces movement can be created (Skills: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • combining materials and using forces in design, for example designing the door on a cage or a simple conveyor belt to move materials short distances (Skills: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • exploring how to manipulate materials using a range of tools, equipment and techniques to create movement, for example when constructing a toy boat that floats and moves (Skills: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking)

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