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A STEM investigation about floating and waterproof materials, embedded in a fun fairy tale story.

This open-ended STEM investigation has been designed to deepen students’ understanding of two science concepts – floating and waterproof materials.

In this investigation, students must research the two science topics. The students must then plan, build, test and reflect on their design.

This teaching resource includes:

  • build a raft investigation explanation
  • research the facts – sinking vs floating
  • research the facts – waterproof
  • plan and create template
  • testing template
  • reflect and share template
  • Gingerbread Man picture template.

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Australian Curriculum alignment

Technologies > Design and Technologies > Foundation to Year 2 > Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills > ACTDEP005
Explore needs or opportunities for designing, and the technologies needed to realise designed solutionsElaborationsidentifying, gathering and playing with materials, components, tools and equipment to...

Technologies > Design and Technologies > Foundation to Year 2 > Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills > ACTDEP006
Generate, develop and record design ideas through describing, drawing and modellingElaborationscomparing and contrasting features of existing products to provide new ideas, for example exploring toys ...

Technologies > Design and Technologies > Foundation to Year 2 > Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills > ACTDEP007
Use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to safely make designed solutionsElaborationsusing and playing with everyday materials in new ways or re-using discarded materials, for examp...

Technologies > Design and Technologies > Foundation to Year 2 > Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills > ACTDEP008
Use personal preferences to evaluate the success of design ideas, processes and solutions including their care for environmentElaborationsdeveloping criteria for success with teacher guidance includin...

Technologies > Design and Technologies > Foundation to Year 2 > Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills > ACTDEP009
Sequence steps for making designed solutions and working collaborativelyElaborationschecking that planned features have been included in design plans and drawings by referring to identified criteria f...


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