Year 2, Term 3: Construction zone
Scope and sequence: Brainstorming
use materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for
a need or opportunity.
Australian Curriculum (version 9.0)
"A student uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity." (ST1-2DP-T)
"Students learn to use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to safely make designed solutions." (AC9TDE2P02)
Building objects using toothpicks and chickpeas
Chickpeas work really well as connectors for toothpicks. For best results, soak the chickpeas in water for several hours. Canned chickpeas are usually too soft and can break apart.
Think Make Improve
Expanding the design cycle
This video (3:58) provides a really good introduction to physics because it makes connections between science and everything around us.
This short video (4:29) provides an introduction to
engineering and what it means to be an engineer.
Cable ties are one of the most useful items for constructing and repairing. In SILO 1.4 'Design' you learned about affordances.
Robotic scissor arm
The following video (2:10) shows how to make a robotic scissor arm from icy pole sticks. Careful supervision will be required when using the glue guns and scissors.
Before commencing this activity it is recommended that
children are given the opportunity to brainstorm ways that they could
make an extendable arm. This could also be presented as a