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Mars One

Mars One | Technology Education and Sustainable Systems | Scoop.it
Mars One will establish the first human settlement on Mars in 2023. Mars One invites you to join us in this next giant leap for humankind!
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This website provides and overview of a planned mission to Mars. The purpose behind this mission is to establish a human settlement on Mars. Settlers will arrive on the planet every two years. The first mission will be launched in 2018. The website provides a detailed overview of the people involved in the project, where the funding for the project is coming from and a detailed road map of the project from its conception through to its realisation when settlers begin to arrive on Mars.  Most relevant to the Design and Technologies curriculum is the section of the website that describes the technologies that will play a role in the preparation, launch and settlement of the mission. The technology described is used within todays world and is easy for students to relate to. This means they will be able to investigate or imagine how a sustainable system used on earth would be necessary to operate on a different planet.

 

This artefact links to the year 5and 6 content description Investigate how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability in the design of products, services and environments for current and future use (ACTDEK019). This website would provide a great introduction to an inquiry unit of work where students investigate sustainable practices. Students would be able to investigate, critique and design sustainable systems that may be of use on Mars in the future.The website will stimulate the students imagination and tap into their innate sense of adventure.

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Earthship Biotecture - Radically Sustainable Buildings

Earthship Biotecture - Radically Sustainable Buildings | Technology Education and Sustainable Systems | Scoop.it
The Ultimate in Green Buildings. Thermal, solar heating and cooling, solar and wind electricity, contained sewage treatment, catchwater. recycled materials.
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This is a great website that can be used in conjunction with the exploration of natural sustainable materials described within another scoop article. This website describes an Earth ship as a building that will take care of you while still being affordable, sustainable, strong and meeting your local building codes. The challenges that this criteria places on an Earth ship cannot be denied. The links to sustainability and sustainable systems with house is easily explored through this website. It provides plans, pictures and descriptions of the systems used within the Earth ship. These include water systems, electrical systems, sewerage systems, food and comfort systems. The website explores the possibilities of a house that uses the environmental system to operate and is fully sustainable.

 

The website is very technical and provide some in-depth detail about how the systems of the house interact with the external environmental systems. This website is an excellent example to show students a working sustainable system that has been integrated within external systems.

 

This artefact links to the year 5and 6 content description Investigate characteristics and properties of a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and evaluate the impact of their use(ACTDEK023). This resource would work well when students explore building materials that are natural or sustainable products. It would also allow students to be introduced to the term redesign and reuse. They could engage with an activity where they build and design a model earth ship from recycled objects using the knowledge they have developed from the website.

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Annie Leonard - Story Of Stuff

Annie Leonard - Story Of Stuff | Technology Education and Sustainable Systems | Scoop.it
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Annie Leonard is an advocate of Sustainable practices. She is one of the creators of the story of stuff video in another scoop. When students are investigating sustainability and sustainable systems it is important that they retrieve information from various sources that present various perspectives on the topic. This is so they develop a sound understanding of the overall topic and can then form their own decisions. Annie Leonard is highly critic of the western worlds consumerism lifestyle and its obsession with material items.

 

Annie Leonard provides information about ways that systems can be more sustainable. As an expert she would provide information to students which would encourage them to look at current systems and redesign the way that they work to make them more sustainable. Annie Leonard is a though provoking expert used within the curation project. She will definitely challenge students to look at the world in a different way.

 

This artefact links to the year 5 and 6 content description Investigate characteristics and properties of a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and evaluate the impact of their use (ACTDEK023) of the Australian Curriculum. It provides an avenue for the exploration and discovery of potential redesign of systems and he exploration of the sustainability of current systems

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How to set up your first beehive | Runamuk Acres

How to set up your first beehive | Runamuk Acres | Technology Education and Sustainable Systems | Scoop.it
Imagine you're sitting at a four-way intersection, a red stop light hanging above you, while the hum of buzzing comes from a pair of rectangular wooden boxes strapped into the passenger's seat next to
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This is a step by step guide to setting up your first beehive. Creating your own beehive is a complex design process that requires the consideration of many competing external factors. This site, due to it's detail ,provides students with the opportunity to critique a design

and comment on its application to design and technologies and sustainable systems quality.

Being able to look at the plans for a sustainable system and apply higher order thinking skills to critique it is a valuable skill for students working within the design and technologies curriculum.

 

This artefact links to the year 5and 6 content description Negotiate criteria for success that include consideration of sustainability to evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions (ACTDEP027). An ideal activity for the use of this resource would be for students to analyse and comment on its sustainable qualities then present the information.

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Highest Good Housing: Earthbag | Straw Bale | Cob | Earth Block | Earthship | Tree Houses | Subterranean Designs

Highest Good Housing: Earthbag | Straw Bale | Cob | Earth Block | Earthship | Tree Houses | Subterranean Designs | Technology Education and Sustainable Systems | Scoop.it

All structures are designed with four things in mind: our open source goals and the creation of duplicable and cost effective eco-village and alternative housing options, showcasing of the diversity of eco-building methods, demonstrating innovative designs with unique aesthetic beauty, and maximized functionality while each contributing something unique to the recreation aspects of One Community. The models we are designing and will build include an earthbag construction village, straw bale architecture village, cob home village, earth block pyramid design, earthship communal housing, tree house home village, and subterranean village.

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This website will allow students to explore the concept of a man made sustainable living communities. it provides a perfect description of the criteria for a sustainable community. The website is very detailed and allows student to explore in depth an approach to the design of a sustainable community. Students would have and opportunity to learn about the impact of the materials they use of the community as a sustainable system and further expand their knowledge to understand how the sustainable community would interact with the rest of the world.

 

 This artefact links to the year 5 and 6 content description Investigate how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability in the design of products, services and environments for current and future use (ACTDEK019). This website would allow students to take on the occupation of a city planner and use the website as a guide and resource to design a sustainable community

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Collapsible woven refugee shelters powered by the sun

Collapsible woven refugee shelters powered by the sun | Technology Education and Sustainable Systems | Scoop.it

More than 40 million people worldwide have been displaced from their homes and left to find shelter in strange lands. Maybe they find a tarp, or a tent, but their quality of life almost always rema...

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This is a fantastic artefact that would stimulate students ideas about design. This article should be used at the beginning of a unit of work that focuses on sustainability and design. It would stimulate students ideas about the needs and wants of communities across the world.

 

This artefact links to the year 5 and 6 content description Investigate characteristics and properties of a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and evaluate the impact of their use (ACTDEK023) of the Australian Curriculum. It provides an avenue for stimulus of how objects are designed to meet the wants and needs of communities and an opportunity to evaluate the impact of a design on a community.

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60 Minutes Australia - Food Security - Aquaponics - YouTube

www.aquaponics.net.au 60 Minutes Australia looks at the looming food shortages and shows Aquaponics as part of the solution.
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This is an excellent resource to use as a demonstration of a working sustainable system. This video looks in depth at an aqua ponics system and provides a detailed account of how it works. 


Watching this video would allow students to generate inquiry questions which can lead them to the design of their own aqua ponics system. There is sufficient information within the artefact that students can use to further their investigation of sustainability and aqua ponics

 

This artefact links to the year 5 and 6 content description Investigate characteristics and properties of a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and evaluate the impact of their use (ACTDEK023) of the Australian Curriculum. It provides an avenue for the discovery of sustainable systems, their design and the benefits and drawbacks of these systems.

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This is a blog that provides details about the curator of this project

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Bottle Biology

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This website provides details on how to build a sustainable environment within a plastic bottle. It is a very detailed website that would allow the teacher to gain enough back ground information to create an appropriate challenge for students within a classroom. The website provides specific detail about the sustainable qualities of the bottle environment and how it works. For example it provides a discussion about why the bottle is a sustainable environment and how nutrients within the bottle cycle through the environment. This website would work well with the Mars One website resource. Students would be able to analyse if the bottle biology system would be applicable to support a settlement on Mars.

 

This resource relates to the year 5 and 6 content description Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments(ACTDEK021). While the site specifically mentions the experiment in a science context, aspects of design and technologies, sustainability and sustainable systems can be explored. The process of building the bottle environment and observing how it works would be a great focus for an integrated unit of Science, Math, Design and Technologies and English. I have actually completed this experiment within a classroom context and it worked very well. I found the instructions provided in the website very accurate. Students were able to explore how and why the bottle systems were sustainable, they experimented with different types of bottles and plants and then planned and designed their own sustainable garden within the school.

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Wendy Farren-Price's comment, May 21, 2014 9:05 AM
This looks really interesting. Is your bottle still going? Maybe it can outlast this one :) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2267504/The-sealed-bottle-garden-thriving-40-years-fresh-air-water.html
Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's comment, May 28, 2014 9:07 AM
Thank you for sharing this Daniel! I absolutely love how this resource provides concise and easy-to-understand instructions! On top of that it relates it back to fundamental knowledge of science, maths, sustainability and technology. I had only thought of creating terrariums with bottles (a similar concept), though Bottle Biology takes it that step further with the decomposition, fermentation and infiltration.
Please check out my curation, on a topic similar to yours. http://www.scoop.it/t/technology-education-and-social-and-environmental-awareness
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Top 10 Natural Building Materials : Discovery Channel

Top 10 Natural Building Materials : Discovery Channel | Technology Education and Sustainable Systems | Scoop.it
With natural building materials you can build a home with renewable, natural and locally available resources. See ten natural building materials.
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This website explores natural sustainable building materials and the  effects manufactured material have on our environmental system. Each building material has its own page where an explanation of how to work with the material is given. The structure of the materials is then examined and the sustainable and environmental benefits of the medium are discussed. For example straw bales are described as very strong building blocks and at the same time can be used for insulation purposes.

An exploration of systems and their sustainable characteristics will eventually leaned to an investigation of the materials used within the system. This website provides a great starting point for student to explore replacement materials that are sustainable to replace materials within a system that are not sustainable or efficient.

 

This artefact links to the year 5and 6 content description Investigate characteristics and properties of a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and evaluate the impact of their use(ACTDEK023). This website would be a great accompaniment to a practical lesson where students explore natural building materials. After they have have explored the materials and have some knowledge about their characteristics they would be able to use this website to assesses and critique them for various purposes. Students maybe able to explore the building capabilities of some materials during an inquiry investigation.

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Story of Stuff - Story Of Stuff

Story of Stuff - Story Of Stuff | Technology Education and Sustainable Systems | Scoop.it
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This video was introduced through another course offered through USQ. I found that it offered students an example of how components of a system have an effect on the system as a whole. I think it is particularly relevant to the Design and Technologies curriculum as it discusses the impact of a consumerist lifestyle on our environment, economic and community systems. The video forces students to think about the products they purchase and use. They are forced to consider the design of the product and it manufacturing process and how it could be improved.

The video moves beyond the design and production of a system to the effect of the product on a system from its conception through to its disposal. This means that students will begin to consider how the design of a product effects the components of a system not only while it is in use.

 

 

This resource relates to the year 5 and 6 content description negotiate criteria for success that include consideration of sustainability to evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions (ACTDEP027). This resource would aid students in understanding that a product within a system does not only have an effect during its use. Students could investigate whether the production of an item is sustainable. For example does the production of a product use a large amount of water. Students may be able to explore other methods of production for that product that may be more sustainable .

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault - regjeringen.no

Svalbard Global Seed Vault - regjeringen.no | Technology Education and Sustainable Systems | Scoop.it
Ensuring that the genetic diversity of the world’s food crops is preserved for future generations is an important contribution toward the reduction of hunger and poverty in developing countries. This is where the greatest plant diversity originates and...
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This is a very interesting website that explores the worlds attempt to preserve the genetic diversity of its food crops. It is particularly interesting in regards to an Australian context as a large amount of Australian native seeds have just been donated to the seed bank. The rationale behind the seed bank is a very interesting read and will stimulate students thinking about ways they can protect or maintain their current lifestyles.


This resource relates to the year 5 and 6 content description Investigate characteristics and properties of a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and evaluate the impact of their use(ACTDEK023). This resource could provide stimulus for students to think of other important items in the world that would benefit from the same approach as the seed vault. Students would explore how to future proof items within their society and explore how sustainable practices can benefit the human race.

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This bike glows in the dark when headlights hit it

This bike glows in the dark when headlights hit it | Technology Education and Sustainable Systems | Scoop.it
As Mission Bicycle Company says, “Dark gray by day, bright white at night.” Genius, no?
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An excellent artefact that demonstrates the simplicity of design. Students are made aware by viewing this resource that design does not only apply to new products but can also apply to existing objects. This would be an excellent resource to stimulate student thoughts about the types of products within their own world they could redesign to suit their wants and needs

 

This artefact links to the year 5 and 6 content description Investigate characteristics and properties of a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and evaluate the impact of their use (ACTDEK023). Students can be made aware of the concept of redesign compared to design. The concept of sustainability is addressed as students could use products that already exist instead of inventing or making new products from limited resources.

 

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Bill Nye | The Science Guy

Bill Nye | The Science Guy | Technology Education and Sustainable Systems | Scoop.it
Check out the daily demo, watch a video clip or listen to an audio clips, and learn more about Bill Nye himself.
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The investigation of design and technology and sustainable systems will at some point require knowledge of science and the scientific method. Bill Nye is a leading science educator and and scientific entertainer. Bill's approach to science will immediately engage students and encourage them to investigate, question and justify why and how materials impact the output of a system.

 

This website should be used as a stimulus at the beginning of an investigation and as a resource to seek out information about materials, systems and experiments. The website is continually updated by Bill Nye and it provides link to a twitter and Facebook account.

 

This artefact links to the year 5 and 6 content description Investigate characteristics and properties of a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and evaluate the impact of their use (ACTDEK023) of the Australian Curriculum. It provides an avenue for the exploration and discovery of potential materials that a sustainable system could be designed and constructed out of.

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The Australian Curriculum v6.0 Technologies: Technologies

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The Australian Curriculum is Australia's national Curriculum. This Curation project has been constructed to address the Year 5 Design and Technologies learning area. Please follow this link to explore the curriculum.

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Sam Burden's curator insight, June 16, 2014 4:36 AM

The Australian Curriculum:Technologies is the source for educators to reference when developing unit's or constructing lessons as it details learning outcomes to ensure students are provided opportunities to become technological literate. This curation project has been centered around this framework and intends to include teaching and learning resources which address this learning area. To read more, click the link!

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Curation Project - ePortfolio

Curation Project - ePortfolio | Technology Education and Sustainable Systems | Scoop.it
Mahara is an open source ePortfolio and social networking web application.
It provides users with tools to create and maintain a digital portfolio of their learning and social networking features to allow users to interact with each other.
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I am an education student from the University of Southern Queensland. This semester I have been exploring the Design and Technologies Curriculum from the Australian Curriculum. This link will provide you with access to my Eportfolio. You will find evidence of my exploration of the Digital Technologies and Design and Technologies learning areas. It provides the viewer with access to teaching resources that aim to implement aspect of the Design and Technologies Curriculum.

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