Teaching resources

Discover Australia’s vast history of innovation and delve into intellectual property with curriculum-linked, activity based units.

Our teaching resources are designed to encourage the exploration of intellectual property concepts in the classroom. Each unit has been developed to help boost creativity and innovation among young Australians.

Spanning a range of subjects, these resources contain interactive activities developed in consultation with teachers and subject matter experts. This is your chance to explore the nuts and bolts of the intellectual property system.

What is the meaning of the Aboriginal flag?

In this unit students explore the idea of symbols, and how symbols are used to create messages in the Australian flag and the Aboriginal flag.
Age group: 8-11 Subject: Creative Arts, Social Science

New plants from old?

In this unit students learn basic introductory ideas about genetics in a way that they can easily understand. They learn about dominant and recessive genes, about plant breeding using these principles, and about the man who first recognised these principles, the scientist Gregor Mendel. Finally, they 'create' their own new plant, and 'register' it on a mock form to claim their Plant Breeder's Rights in it. The IP concept contained in this unit is Plant Breeder's Rights.
Age group: 8-11 Subject: Science

Investigating Air

This unit provides a way for students to explore properties of air, to devise experiments that demonstrate those properties, and to 'claim credit' for their intellectual property through a mock patent.
Age group: 8-11 Subject: Science

Industrial Revolution

In this unit students develop a set of hypotheses about what was needed for the Industrial Revolution to occur in the country it did. They can then research these factors further to understand why each factor existed in that country in the way it did.
Age group: 12-16 Subject: Creative Arts

How vital is a trade mark in marketing?

In this unit students explore some key marketing principles involved in influencing consumers to buy one product rather than its competitors. The IP concepts contained within this unit relate to Trade marks, branding and registered designs.
Age group: 12-16 Subject: Social Science

Genetically Modified crops- Yes or No?

In this unit students look at the case for and against genetically modified plants in Australia. The IP concepts contained within this unit include plant breeder's rights and the benefit to society. For example, creating genetically modified foods in feeding the world's growing population.
Age group: 12-16 Subject: English, Science

Did Thomas Edison steal the idea for electric light globes?

Students explore one of the most significant inventions in science, the electric incandescent light.
Age group: 8-11 Subject: Science, Social Science

Could you be an innovator?

Students explore the process of being innovative. Students explore the process of being innovative. Whether inventing a new product or service or modifying an existing one by adding an "inventive step" – thinking innovatively means looking at current environments, products or problems through a different lens- and coming up with new ideas.
Age group: 12-16 Subject: Creative Arts

Can you name your child Anzac?

'Anzac' is a special word for Australians. The Commonwealth Government has actually passed laws to protect the word from commercial use.
Age group: 12-16 Subject: Social Science

Can you manage a rock band?

This unit helps students understand many Intellectual Property concepts- especially copyright and trade mark issues.
Age group: 12-16 Subject: English, Social Science