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Levels 5-6  |  Goldfields Technology

Session outline
Students design and build a model to solve a real goldfields problem and explore simple machines (limited availability, $5 per student, 25 students max. per time slot).

Classroom resources

Research notes from Sovereign Hill’s website: Mining Technology
VELS Sample Unit: Constructing the Past
Sovereign Hill Education blog post:
Ten 1850s Inventions and Innovations

Victorian curriculum connections

From Colony to Nation

Levels 5-6: Students study colonial Australia in the 1800s and the development of Australia as a nation. Students learn about the way of life of people who migrated to Australia and their contributions to Australia’s economic and social development.

Relevant key questions:

  • What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?
  • How did colonial settlement change the environment?

Levels 5-6: Science as a human endeavour
Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s liveIn

Levels 7-8: The curriculum focus is on explaining phenomena involving science and its applications. They explain changes in an object’s motion by considering the interaction between multiple forces.

Levels 5-6:
Students engage with ideas beyond the familiar, exploring how design and technologies and the people working in a range of technologies contexts contribute to society. They seek to explore innovation and establish their own design capabilities. Students are given new opportunities for clarifying their thinking, creativity, analysis, problem-solving and decision-making. Using a range of technologies to communicate, including a variety of graphical representation techniques, students represent objects and ideas in a variety of forms such as thumbnail sketches, models, drawings, diagrams and storyboards to illustrate the development of designed solutions. Students will have the opportunity to create designed solutions involving Engineering principles and systems.

Critical and Creative Thinking
Levels 5-6:
The curriculum focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and understanding to test the strength of thinking. Students develop their capacity to deliberately manage their thinking.

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