Designing for the environment with Dr Pirjo Haikola

Thu 22 Apr, 1.30pm–3pm (AEST)

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This program takes place virtually

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Levels 8 – 10

Design and STEAM in action

What is happening to our local marine ecosystems as a result of the changing climate? How can we consider the environment as a client in the design process? How might we turn the problems into opportunities?

Join designer, researcher and scuba diving instructor Dr Pirjo Haikola who works in marine conservation technology, to find out about the environmental challenges impacting Port Phillip Bay and how STEAM can help to address them. Engage in a design workshop to learn how lateral thinking and taking new perspectives can lead to innovative design directions.

Learning Objectives 

  • Examine the social, ethical and environmental impact of different design and production processes
  • Discuss interactions between organisms, and how food chains and food webs can be affected by human activity
  • Recognise how science and technology can contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues
  • Apply design thinking techniques, creativity and innovation to develop design solutions
  • Consider innovative career pathways that utilise STEM and Design skills

About the presenter:
Dr Pirjo Haikola is a designer, researcher and scuba diving instructor who lectures in Design Innovation and Technology at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Her work, Urchin Corals 2020, featured in the NGV Triennial, investigates how design can contribute to regenerating marine ecosystems and creating awareness of marine problems.

This program is part of Creative Catalyst, a program for high ability students attending Victorian Government schools.

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The National Gallery of Victoria is a proud partner of the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series, an initiative of the Department of Education and Training (DET) that provides opportunities for high-ability students in Victorian government schools.

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