Design Challenge

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Growing microgreens at home with automation

Program Overview

As urbanisation increases its impact on farming and the environment, the convenience of growing high nutritional food with automation at home is becoming more important in our lives.

 

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Curriculum Links
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Arts
  • Mathematics
Capabilities
  • Critical & Creative Thinking
  • Personal
  • Social
  • Ethical
Success Criteria
  • Students are able to communicate automation concepts to address Urban farming needs 
  • Collaborate effectively to create solutions to identified problems 
  • Consider a range of tools, technologies and specialist equipment 

In our constantly developing world, the need for more efficient, sustainable and automated ways of living is becoming more important in our lives. In this Design Challenge, students take on the role of product designers engaged by local entrepreneurs at Farmwall.

This innovative company have developed an urban farming solution for the home, allowing users to grow healthy microgreen crops in a fun and convenient way.

Students will learn about zero waste growing, aquaponic and hydroponic care, using manufacturing techniques to develop prototypes that automate parts of the Farmwall Home system.

These designs will have the potential to make growing food at home more efficient, unlocking hours of free time previously spent in maintaining the system, helping transform homes into automated food producing ecosystems.

 Year Level

Year 7-12

Duration

2 Day Program

Prework

2-3 Lessons

 Industry Focus

Advanced Manufacturing

Skills Focus
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Communication
Partners

Farmwall

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Technology Skill Up Sessions Available
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Microcontrollers

Microcontrollers are widely used to power small form factor devices. This skill up will introduce students to microcontrollers and how to program them to suit their functional requirements.

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Computer Aided Design

3D Modelling using industry current software to design virtual prototypes prior to physical production using 3D Printers or Computer Numeric Control machines

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Sensor Technology

From automatic doors to step counters, sensor technology is widely used across society. The sensor technology skill up will provide the skills required to create fixed or wearable sensor devices to meet the determined design requirements.

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Mobile App Development

Introduction to mobile app development fundamentals including planning for an app, creating layouts, making elements interactive and moving data between screens.