Human-Animal Interactions

Program Overview

Human interaction with wildlife, livestock and pets form an important part of our daily lives. Through investigating different human-animal interactions, this design challenge asks students to design an innovative product that improves human and animal wellbeing that is  underpinned by scientific research or lived experience.


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Curriculum Links
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Critical & Creative Thinking
  • Personal
  • Social
  • Ethical
Success Criteria
  • Empathise with user needs and consider ethical implications of a design
  • Collaborate effectively to create solutions to identified problems
  • Consider a range of tools, technologies and specialist equipment

Over the two-day program, students investigate existing innovations, delve into the ethics of product design, and learn about exciting relevant careers before deconstructing an interaction they’ve encountered to consider the perspective of their users, animals. This encounter is presented as a storyboard or short-film narration and is a fun, interactive activity that can easily be completed at home.

As students journey through the innovation process, they will have the opportunity to prototype using a range of emerging technologies, including 3D modelling, sensor technology, digital design and advanced manufacturing. These are presented as interactive Skill-Up sessions that are facilitated by our expert staff and give students the skills need to engaging designs.

Year Level

Year 7-12


2 Day Program

Industry Focus
  • Product Design
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agriculture

City of Whittlesea Council, Victoria University

Skills Focus
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Communication
Technologies Available
  • Computer Aided Design
  • 3D Printing
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Sensor Technology
  • Coding
  • Microcontrollers