Program details

Henry Sutton is Australia's greatest ever inventor and, indeed, one of the greatest inventors the world has ever seen. His range of inventions included lighting, batteries, telephony and wireless telegraphy, photography, flight, microscopy, and car engines all of which are now part of our everyday lives.

This Australian inventor, working in isolation in Ballarat around the turn of the 20th century and is a major contributor to the modern technological age. By the age of 26 Henry Sutton had won world acclaim and graced the world stage among the giants of the scientific world. He stood as an equal alongside such men as Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.

He was self-taught, attended the Ballarat School of Design as an SMB Lecturer in Electricity: 1883-1886 (now FedUni). Henry's pioneering work stands alone even today.

Students will be guided through a design thinking process to innovate a new design, solution or process that can change the way in which we live, work or play.

Learning Program Overview

Through learning the history of Henry Sutton a local boy on a global stage students will be inspired to think big to innovate a design, solution or process that can change the way in which we live, work or play.

In this program students are guided through the design thinking process utilising thinking tools that scaffold students through the Ballarat Tech School Design Thinking Model to enable them to respond critically and creatively to guide their innovation.

Through co-designing with the Ballarat Tech School this program can be linked to various topics, STEM knowledge and understandings and industry areas to run across a day, a series of days or within a term project.

Success Criteria

  • Seeking out information and asking questions to explore the application of new technologies
  • Approaching the technology workshops with a problem solving discovery attitude
  • Use of technology within an industry focus to complete a process

Pathway Examples:

  • Technologist: software engineer, web designer, programmer, designer
  • Designers: engineers, system engineer, civil engineer, industrial design, scientist
  • Artisans: construction, production, technician, mechanic, project manager