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Digital Technologies

Years 5 and 6


Digital project: Rapunzel

Summary of task

Students were presented with the problem of rescuing Rapunzel from the tower in 60 seconds. In teams, they designed, built and programmed a device that would allow the prince to safely rescue Rapunzel. They were asked to use tilt and motion sensors to control the device, use appropriate sounds and backgrounds, create a timer, and use simple engineering principles and systems. The device was expected to be sturdy, have at least three safety features and consider the user. Each team was asked to demonstrate their model to the class showing how they carried out the rescue and explaining the science, engineering and programming choices involved.

Achievement standard

By the end of Year 4, students describe how a range of digital systems (hardware and software) and their peripheral devices can be used for different purposes. They explain how the same data sets can be represented in different ways.

Students define simple problems, design and implement digital solutions using algorithms that involve decision-making and user input. They explain how the solutions meet their purposes. They collect and manipulate different data when creating information and digital solutions. They safely use and manage information systems for identified needs using agreed protocols and describe how information systems are used.

By the end of Year 4, students describe how social, technical and sustainability factors influence the design of solutions to meet present and future needs. They describe features of technologies that influence design decisions and how a range of digital systems can be used.

Students outline and define needs, opportunities or problems. They collect, manipulate and interpret data from a range of sources to support decisions. Students generate and record design ideas for an audience using technical terms and graphical and non-graphical representation techniques including algorithms. They plan a sequence of steps (algorithms) to create solutions, including visual programs. Students plan and safely produce designed solutions for each of the prescribed technologies contexts. They use identified criteria for success, including sustainability considerations, to judge the suitability of their ideas, solutions and processes. Students use agreed protocols when collaborating, and creating and communicating ideas, information and solutions face-to-face and online.

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