Inquiry Program

Future Transport
Investigate and consider active transport issues in the local community

Program Overview

Urbanisation is one of the biggest trends affecting the transport sector. In the next 10 years, the projected growth in Banyule alone is expected to add 5,000 car trips to our road network during peak hour.


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 Year Level

Year 7-12


3 Day Program


5-6 Lessons

 Industry Focus

Advanced Manufacturing

As part of the Banyule Integrated Transport Plan 2015-2035, the council would like active transport to become the main mode of transport for short trips, and also to see an increase in the recreational use of active transport pathways.

North East Link Project (NELP) is the largest transport project in Victoria, completing the missing link in the Melbourne’s freeway network that will allow greater connectivity for the residents of the North East. As part of their project, NELP are building 25km of active transport pathways.

As part of the program, students have an opportunity to take on the role of a consultant for NELP, to investigate local issues and come up with a design solution that will improve the liveability and connectivity of the area, and create a pleasant and attractive journey for active transport users.

They will learn about infrastructure and transport of the future, consider a range of careers that could lead to working in the transport industry, and conduct interviews and surveys in their local community to understand the environment and identify user needs.

Success Criteria
  • Investigate active transport pathways and associated infrastructure in your local community in mind with key design principles specified by industry
  • Collaborate effectively to create solutions to identified problems
  • Consider a range of tools, technologies and specialist equipment
  • Critical & Creative Thinking
  • Personal
  • Social
  • Ethical
Skills Focus
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Problem Solving
  • Digital, Computer & Technological Literacy

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Program Skill Up Sessions
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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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Digital Design

Using industry current software students will learn the art of illustration design. From line and shape tools, to gradients and collage creation. Illustrations can also be used to create paths for laser cutters and CNC routers.

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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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GIS Mapping

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and how they can used as a mapping tool for environmental analysis and planning.

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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.

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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