Year 4, Term 3: Ideation

Focus: Protocols

Scope and sequence: Protocols

Learning intention: Students select and use materials, tools and equipment to develop ethical solutions for societal needs and opportunities.

NSW Syllabus
Australian Curriculum (version 9.0)
"A student selects and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity." (ST2-2DP-T)
"Students learn to generate, communicate and compare designs." (AC9TDI4P03)

Week 1

Revision TMI

Think Make Improve

Expanding the design cycle

Design thinking

This video (3:28) explains five steps in design thinking, namely:

  1. Empathise
  2. Define
  3. Ideate
  4. Prototype
  5. Test

Putting it all together

Q:  How might the elements of design thinking be incorporated into the design cycle?


Week 2

Is discovery the same as invention?


Week 3

An introduction to protocols


Week 4


Week 5


Week 6


Week 7


Week 8


Week 9

Constraints as a catalyst for creativity

Example from the Tropfest Short Film Festival ( and the mystery item for inclusion each year (e.g., an egg).


Week 10

Moderated self-assessment


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