Step 3 – look for an authentic need

An authentic need or opportunity is meaningful to the student and has:

  • a real benefit, purpose and use
  • a real user who can provide feedback on design ideas and developments
  • real limitations such as time, money, materials, equipment
  • a real context influenced by specific social, ethical and environmental issues.

Questions to consider

  • Is there someone in the community, such as a local preschool or childcare centre, who may have a product need?
  • Is there a local event or similar opportunity arising in the community to develop a product?
  • Is there an abundance of resources, for example, seasonal food or leftover materials, available to be used?
  • Is there local expertise, such as an architect, textile artist or craftsperson who is keen to help?
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