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"A Sinking Feeling", Connected – Is that so?, level 4, January 2015

20 January 2015

First pages of the article.

Mr Tuala's class have just entered the school's Boat Float competition – and lost.

In response to their own questions, the students learn about density and develop some very successful outcomes using this scientific knowledge.

You can find this article and the teacher support materials on Literacy Online: "A sinking feeling".

Other useful resources

Making Megaships – how the biggest cruise ships are built

An 18 level cruise ship is launched in Germany – the ship makes its maiden trip from the shipyard down a 30 km twisting river to the sea – a voyage where margins are tight.

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level 
Characteristics of technology Use this and other examples to identify examples of creative and critical thinking in technological practice and to identify and categorise knowledge and skills from technology and other disciplines that have informed decisions in technological development 4
Outcome development and evaluation

Use this and other examples to:

  • describe design ideas (either through drawing, models and/or verbally) or potential outcome
  • undertake functional modelling to develop design ideas into a conceptual design that addresses the key attributes
  • test the key performance properties of materials/components to select those appropriate for use in the production of a feasible outcome
  • produce and trial a prototype of the outcome
  • evaluate the fitness for purpose of the final outcome against the key attributes.
4

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