Design & Technology class activities

DATTA Vic has created and sources a range of class-based activities which you can run throughout your school during Design & Technology Week. 



Challenge your students design and technology knowledge with these five quick quizzes (and answers)  - 



The Engineers Without Borders Challenge

Engineers Without Borders Australia and the UNHCR developed the EWB Challenge for University design & engineering students.  The challenge looked at developing engineering and technological solutions to contribute towards sustainable community development and alleviating poverty.  See their awards page for more information about the amazing solutions of past challenge winners to solving real global problems.



Short Design Development Activities (Primary and Secondary)

 Download these wonderful projects to be run in classes of one or two periods or as extension activities. 

Design a Bike Helmet

Design a Car

Design an Epipen

Design a Lunch Container

Design a Mobile Phone

Design a Play Tent

Design a Radio

Design a USB Hub

Design a Wonder Torch


 Cross-curricular Lesson Plans (Secondary)

Disrupt your whole school with these fun design activites for English, Maths, Science and Humanities classes!

Full lesson plans are included to help your colleagues deliver these short activites.

Science (Mining) - Armour Lesson Plan and Armour Design

Maths (Ratios)- Fortress Lesson Plan and Fortress Design

* Humanities (Australian Identity) - Ned Kelly Lesson Plan and Ned Kelly Design 

* English (Creative Writing) - Robot Design Lesson Plan and  Robot Design



 The James Dyson Foundation - UK (Primary & Secondary) 

There are a wealth of design & engineering-based activities for primary and secondary students in this fantastic website.


 Makerspace (Primary and Secondary)

Makerspaces are incredibly popular events for students and your local community!  Click Here for more information.


 So You Think You Can Design (Secondary)

SYTYCD is DATTA Vic's statewide student design competition. Each year, schools from throughout Victoria compete in a range of design challenges. Include some of these challenges below into your activites during Design and Technology Week. Your students could sketch, make or use CAD to deliver their ideas.

* Design a product to help elderly people

* Design a desk lamp for a product designer’s office

* Redesign the Ericofon

* Redesign a power board to make it a displayable object

* Design a trophy for So You Think You Can Design

* Design a novelty USB hub

* Design an audio visual guide for a film museum

* Design an epipen for kids

* Design a new trophy for the World Cup

* Design a wearable medical device

* Design an electric vehicle for teenagers

* Design a futuristic playground

* Design a Ned Kelly-inspired smart helmet for emergency services

* Design a companion robot for teenagers


 The Day of STEM (Secondary)


The Day of STEM is an online activity, designed by Lifejouney to be run in a single day, that enables students to test-drive their future by living a day in the life of STEM leaders. Click HERE to find out more.


Design, Make, Think - Primary Design & Technologies (Primary)


Design, Make, Think - Primary Design & Technologies is DATTA Vic's current program supporting primary teachers to implement the new F-10 Design & Technologies curriculum, as well as offering a healthy dose of inspiration and a wide range of ideas to get our young children creating!

Click HERE for curriculum information, lesson plans, essential links and even a book list for your school library!