Inventions: Sustainability Incursion (Levels 5 – 6)

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Inventions: Sustainability Incursion (Levels 5 – 6)

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

In this inventive 90-minute incursion, students act as environmental scientists to explore how inventions and discoveries have affected the environment. Students learn about alternative production methods such as using biodegradable materials, clean energy, alternative uses for waste materials and water sustainability. Students are inspired to invent something that is useful and environmentally friendly. Our passionate science educators carefully guide students through each step, prompting students to predict, observe and reflect on each activity.


Learning outcomes

  • Students will develop an understanding of how inventions and discoveries have affected the environment.
  • They will explore alternative uses for waste materials.



  • Identify reasons for inventing;
  • Sort materials to understand that sustainability has many meanings;
  • Make a “plastic” from different materials;
  • Act as an environmental scientist testing water samples;
  • Observe the effect of burning different materials;
  • Investigate and test products that are biodegradable;
  • Explore water sustainability;
  • Make a motor that uses clean energy from recycled materials;
  • Be inspired to invent something that is useful and environmentally friendly.


Victorian Curriculum: Content Descriptions

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056);
  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use (VCSSU060);
  • With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and predict what might happen based on prior knowledge (VCSIS065);
  • Suggest ways to plan and conduct investigations to find answers to questions including consideration of the elements of fair tests (VCSIS066);
  • Safely use appropriate materials, tools, equipment and technologies (VCSIS067);
  • Use formal measurements in the collection and recording of observations (VCSIS068);
  • Use a range of methods including tables and column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends (VCSIS069);
  • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (VCSIS070);
  • Reflect on an investigation, including whether a test was fair or not (VCSIS071);
  • Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings to show patterns and relationships using formal and informal scientific language (VCSIS072).

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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