Staying Steady

Term: 1-4

Program Type: Core Program (Design Challenge)

Duration: 2 days consecutive plus 2-3 hours of prework

Year Level: 7-12

Globally, one third of the over 65 population experiences a fall each year. The impact of falls can be physical and emotional as well as have economic consequences. For instance, they can lead to injury, loss of independence and put a huge strain on the health care system. In Australia, the population is rapidly ageing and so maintaining independence into later years is of great importance.

This health tech design challenge asks students to design an innovative product that can be worn to help prevent or manage fall-related injuries in our elderly population.

Through research, students identify the root issues associated with falls for the individual, family, and broader community, and then design a wearable solution that incorporates technology to safeguard those most precious to us, our elders.

Students will prototype different aspects of their product using a range of emerging technologies, including microcontrollers, coding, 3D modelling, and wearable electronics.

Industry Focus

Healthcare & Social Assistance

Health Tech

Curriculum Links






Success Criteria

Students can understand and explain the physical, emotional and economic impacts of an ageing population and elderly falls in a global and local context

Students able to collaborate effectively to create solutions to identified problems​

Students able to consider a range of tools, technologies and specialist equipment

Skills Focus




Digital Literacy


Problem Solving


Critical & Creative Thinking

Personal & Social


Tech Skill-Ups

Wearable Electronics

Coding & Microcontrollers

Sensor Tech

App Development

Computer-Aided Design (3D Modelling)