Module 5

Required Readings PRIOR to Tutorial 5

Design and Technology for Children Chapter 6: Assessing children's technological knowledge and capabilities
Design and Technology for Children Chapter 7: Cooperative technological learning and biotechnology
(required for tutorial)

You do not need to complete the in-text activities as these will be addressed in tutorials but it is important that you have read the texts as this will be assumed in both lectures and tutorials.

Tutorial Resources

Ice cream making materials
Newspapers (5 papers per tute group)
Masking tape (2 rolls per tute group)


Tutorial 5

In your tutorial you will undertake a variety of technology activities including:

ACTIVITY T6.1    Children's technological capability

Examining the case study of Ryan on pages 118 - 123 of your text, discuss the formal and informal testing occurring and whether the context for assessment matters.

ACTIVITY T7.1    My experiences making cubbies

What were your memories of making and playing in cubbies? Note the range of cubbies and different contexts in which they were created.
  • Did you use a range of technological skills or artefacts?
  • What did you do in the cubbies?
  • What games did you play?
  • What play system did you create?
  • How did you feel?

ACTIVITY T7.2    Cubby House

Design your own cubby using the objects and environment you can see. What games could you play?

ACTIVITY T7.3    Making a free standing structure

In groups design, build, test and evaluate a free-standing structure made out of newspaper that will comfortably house one student. Record your progress with a camera and include a photographic sequence of design, building, testing and evaluation in your Google Document.

The structure must be self-supporting which means that it cannot be connected to anything or propped up in any way. Only newspaper can be used with no more than one metre of masking tape to hold it together.

Evaluate the structure according to the following criteria:
  • stability of structure;
  • amount of materials used;
  • accommodation space;
  • aesthetic appearance; and
  • free-standing / self supporting qualities.

ACTIVITY T7.4    Making straw towers in Lilliput land

In groups of three, assign roles (recorder, reporter and gofer) to each member of the group. Your task is to work as a cooperative group, with the gofer collecting materials and equipment, the recorder writing down the materials used and their cost, and the reporter reporting back to the tutorial group about the experience of the task. As a group you are to build one tower and then answer the following questions:

  • Did you explore the materials first (e.g. try out different joining methods before starting to make the tower)? This stage of the technological process is important as it form the investigating phase. During this phase you need sufficient time to explore the properties of the materials you are working with.

  • Did your group draw a rough sketch or design prior to making the tower?

  • How did you decide which member's idea was to be used for the tower?

  • How did you evaluate your model?

  • Did the cost of materials significantly influence your design, or did you now worry about expensive your model might be?

  • Do you think the costing of the tower contributed to the production of a quality product? 

Per straw $1
Per tape join $0.5
Per elastic band $0.2
Per 20cm of string $1

[straw tower ted video]

Integration Activity I5

Cubbies/shelters, Towers, Ice cream