Analyse the Impact of Everyday Objects

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 This is perfect PD for secondary Design and Technology teachers – Catherine
 Very useful course with some enlightening information about the stuff we use – Joel
 This was pitched at a level so I could use some of the ideas straight away – Rob


Life Cycle Assessments are used by industries across the world to assess the environmental impact of a product, from extraction to end of life. In this course, you will learn:

  • How to teach Life Cycle Assessments in Year 7-10 Design and Technology.
  • How to investigate each stage of a product’s life cycle.
  • How to use Life Cycle Assessments to analyse environmental impact of different products.
  • How to access a range of teaching resources.


This course will take you 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks. You will have ongoing access.


This course is on-demand and for private study. Learn at your own pace and at times that suit you. Get a certificate when you finish.


  • Design and Technologies – Years 7 to 10
  • Cross curriculum priorities – Sustainability
  • General Capabilities – Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding


This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except NSW
2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
3.3.2 Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.
3.4.2 Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.


This program is awaiting accreditation within the ACT for 2023. We expect it will be available for accreditation by end of January.


Mark Drummond from Cool Australia is your course teacher. He has worked in the education sector for over 11 years as a classroom teacher, Leader of Pedagogy within an Ed-Tech startup and as an educational consultant. Mark is an absolute science nerd and loves talking about dinosaurs as much as he loves talking about education (which is a lot)!


As a not-for-profit organisation all revenue from our Professional Development courses is reinvested into providing teachers with the resources to become the designers of exceptional learning.

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3. Linking to Industry

Step 1. Watch the video. International Standard ISO 14040 sets out the principles and framework for industries around the world to undertake Life Cycle Assessments (LCA). Teaching your students how to…

4. Stages of a Life Cycle Assessment

Step 1. Watch the video. This Cool Australia VideoScribe video explains each stage of a Life Cycle Assessment. Step 2. Click the ‘Complete Lesson’ button and progress to the next lesson.…

5. Life Cycle of Paper

Step 1. Read the text below (and then play the game). This text was created by Year 8 students during a Life Cycle Assessment of paper. You’re going to read the text and…

6. Inputs and Outputs

Step 1. Read the text below. You can use a Life Cycle Assessment to help your students think about the environmental impact of an everyday object on a simple level. For example, in…

8. Life Cycle of a Plastic Bottle

Step 1. Read the text below. Australians spend over $500 million on bottled water every year. Exploring the Life Cycle of a Plastic Water Bottle will help your students not…

9. Inputs and Outputs of Bottled Water

Step 1. CLICK HERE open Clean Up Australia’s Bottled Water fact sheet. Step 2. Read the factsheet to find the inputs and outputs of bottled water. Inputs are measured by looking at the…

11. Eco-Design and Alternatives

Step 1. Read the text below about eco-design. At the heart of eco-design is effective design decision-making that leads to the creation of products with a reduced environmental impact. The inputs and…

14. Lesson Plans and Digital Library

15 minutes has been allocated for this lesson. You might want to set yourself a timer to stay on track. Step 1. Read the text below. Undertaking Life Cycle Assessments will…

10. Planned Obsolescence

Step 1. Watch the video. This video is from the Story of Stuff website. Step 2. Read the text below. Planned obsolescence (or built-in obsolescence) is when a product is…

13. Teaching Life Cycle Assessments

Step 1. Read the text below. You can adjust your teaching about Life Cycle Assessments to suit the needs of your students. For example, you could start out with more…

15. Taking Learning Further

Step 1. Read the text below. After looking at the environmental impact of everyday objects, your students could take their learning further and create change in their world by: Making recommendations…

17. Reflect on Your Learning

Step 1. Read the text below. We use lower-order thinking when we memorise and repeat back facts. We use higher-order thinking when we connect these facts to other facts and…

18. Your Next Steps

Step 1. Watch the video. Step 2. CLICK HERE to download the course handout. You can also revisit this course whenever you want. Come back anytime. Step 3. Have you completed every lesson?…

16. Stories From Two Designers

Step 1. Read the text below. Another way to extend your student’s learning is to connect them with local designers and producers to find out more about reducing the environmental…

12. Alternatives to Plastic Water Bottles

Step 1. Read the text below. How did you go with the last activity? There are some great eco-design alternatives to plastic water bottles that are already in use including…

2. About This Course

Step 1. CLICK HERE to download the course handout. You will also have ongoing access to this course so you can revisit any of the lessons. Step 2. Read the text…