Year 8 Assignment

Product Over Time Assignment

DUE DATE: You have 2 weeks from the day you received this assignment

TASK: You are to research the development of a product through history, and either…

  • Create a slideshow/PowerPoint/pages presentation with at least 8 slides
  • Create a poster

In your project you should include the following:

  • A detailed description of what the product does, highlighting its main function(s)
  • A timeline with a minimum of 5 important events relating to the product
    • Include your thoughts on the reason(s) for the product changing over time
  • A description of how people use the product today and how it affects their lives
  • Your thoughts, ideas and predictions on the possible future for this product. (e.g. ‘In 10 years the product will…)

Product Over Time Assignment – Criteria Sheet

Criteria Very High High Medium Low Very Low Not Shown
Define and describe the function(s) of the product
Provide a timeline/History of the product
Discussion on how people use the product. Specifically today
Discuss the future for the product
Total /20


  • Late by 1 day = -1 mark
  • Late by 1 week = -2 marks

Stuck for ideas?

Talk about the products…

  • Function
  • Style
  • Aesthetic appeal (looks)
  • Economics (time it took to build/use and cost to make/end user)
  • Materials
  • Technologies (lever, pulley, analogue, digital etc.)

Some Example topics:

  • Tennis racquets
  • Packaging of foodstuffs
  • Cling wrap
  • Cars & car parts
  • Aluminium cans
  • Bikes
  • Tyres
  • $5 Dollar Note
  • Building materials


VCAA Scope and Sequence

The aim of this assignment is to:

Critique needs or opportunities for designing and investigate, analyse and select from a range of materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to develop design ideas