Design Challenge

Bees with Backpacks
Exploring the relationship between bees and food security

Program Overview

Bees with Backpacks enables students to explore the relationship between bees and food security by creating a bee friendly environment.


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 Year Level

Year 7-12


6 Weeks
1x Tech School Day


Not Applicable

 Industry Focus

Scientific and Technical

This design challenge is being run across the Tech Schools Network in conjunction with the CSIRO and includes a comprehensive learning program co-designed by Tech Schools, CSIRO’s Data61 team and local beekeepers.

Students will learn about the science of bees and bee colonies, environmental factors that affect hive health, discover CSIROs smart hive technologies, and use data from the CSIRO Bees with Backpacks project.

Unlike other design challenges, this program runs in class over the course of Term 2, with individual student teams able to book into a one day design session at the Tech School during week 9 to build their prototype. The top team submission to the Tech School will then be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to CSIRO, Tech Schools, Beekeepers and community stakeholders.

Success Criteria
  • Collaborate effectively to create
    solutions to identified problems
  • Consider a range of tools, technologies
    and specialist equipment
  • Critical & Creative Thinking
  • Personal
  • Social
  • Ethical
  • Design Technologies
Skills Focus
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Innovation
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Digital Design

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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

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