Engineering Incursion (Levels 5/6)

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Engineering Incursion (Levels 5/6)

Theme: Design & Technology – Engineering
Level: 5/6

Let’s put on our engineering hats! In this exciting 90-minute incursion, students dive straight into engineering and the role it plays in society. Just like engineers, students are tasked with investigating the suitability of materials, components and tools for different purposes. Students get the chance to build a simple model catapult and explore pneumatics and hydraulics. This incursion challenges students to think about designing and building including for people with mobility issues, making it perfect for later year levels. Our passionate science educators carefully guide students through each step, prompting students to predict, observe and reflect on each activity.


Learning outcomes

  • Students will investigate the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools, and equipment for a range of purposes, using science of simple machines, measurement, engineering design, and technology.



  • Discuss prior knowledge of engineers and their role in society;
  • Brainstorm important factors when designing and building including for people with mobility issues;
  • Investigate a lever, measuring weights and distances;
  • Build a simple model catapult to test the level length;
  • Participate in the design process: brainstorm, design, build, test, redesign;
  • Observe and discuss materials and moving elements in some recycled models;
  • Investigate the effect of friction on pulleys;
  • Explore pneumatics and hydraulics. Be inspired to design and build contraptions.


Take home


Design and build a paper windmill


Victorian Curriculum: Content Descriptions

  • Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy (VCSSU081).
Design & Technology
  • Investigate how forces or electrical energy can control movement, sound or light in a designed product or system (VCDSTC034);
  • Investigate characteristics and properties of a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and evaluate the impact of their use (VCDSTC037);
  • Critique needs or opportunities for designing, and investigate materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to achieve intended designed solutions (VCDSCD038);
  • Generate, develop, communicate and document design ideas and processes for audiences using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (VCDSCD039);
  • Apply safe procedures when using a variety of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to produce designed solutions (VCDSCD040).

Incursion Pricing



Up to 30 students


90-minute workshops


A minimum booking of 2 x 90-minute workshops is required


Outer regions incur time and travel costs

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“Angela was very organised, the session flowed really well, she was engaging and interacted really well with the students. Great discussion about scientific concepts and understandings.”

Whittlesea Primary School

“Very considerate of a few children with challenging behaviours and special needs. They were inclusive educators and it was a wonderful experience for all levels.”

Clayton North PS