Year 12 Design and Technology HSC Powerhouse Nominations

Congratulations to Isabelle Vaccarella and Emily Mullen who’s Major Design Projects have been nominated for consideration for inclusion in a combined Technology exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in 2016. The exhibition will showcase a selection of exemplary works from the 2015 HSC Design and Technology course.




Isabelle’s Project focused on raising awareness for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

I was inspired by the need to educate adolescents aged twelve to eighteen about how an absence in social support towards current Australian military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan can contribute to the severity of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The research conducted throughout my Major Design Project proved that having an understanding and respect for soldiers will increase self-esteem and minimise the feeling of disassociation from society for the soldiers .This essentially leads to decreasing risk factors of PTSD such as suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety, homelessness and violence.

My project consisted of setting up a charity and an educational campaign focused on two different target audiences. Firstly adolescence for which I designed a poster and iPhone cases and secondly the corporate sponsor market for which I designed a glass plaque that would be exchanged for sponsorship. Funds raised through my educational campaign would go back into the charity.





Emily’s Project was inspired by a personal need.


Emily’s project has been endorsed by the Immune Deficiencies Foundation of Australia.

My Major Design Project was aimed to assist and reduce anxiety in children who undertake subcutaneous infusions. Subcutaneous immunoglobulin infusions are used for individuals who have compromised immune system meaning they are more susceptible to catch infections and colds. They require weekly subcutaneous infusions via a needle to boost their immune system. My inspiration for this project stemmed from personal experience of this disease. I was recently taught how to perform these infusions at home and quickly discovered there were limited resources appropriate for children. 

To ensure this was a universal need I held numerous interviews with children and parents that use this treatment and it became evident that the infusions caused children anxiety due to the fact they simply did not understand the procedure. As a result I designed a resource kit that will be distributed to children. I designed the kit based around the character “Banjo Bear.” The resource kit contains a storybook explaining how subcutaneous infusions work aiming to encourage children to assist their parents throughout the process. Additionally, I designed an activity book using the system of “wipe and write” so it can be repeatedly used. It contains numerous vibrant pictures and activities to distract the child through the procedure. The distraction program also consists of a stress ball, pack of playing cards and Banjo Bear. Lastly, an essential aspect of the procedure is to record the blood product, the site the needle was placed in and reactions in order to reduced anxiety. It was important to involve the child in this procedure to help gain understanding. Therefore, I used the friendly character “Banjo Bear” and a sticker system that allows children to record their own reactions in an interactive manner. 

As a part of my project I sent the parts of the resource kit to the Immune Deficiency Australia (IDFA) a small non profit organization for immune diseases. The IDFA was overwhelmed with the project and plan to publish and distribute the books amongst patients and doctors. They also plan to place the resource kit in the Children’s Hospital at Westmead to assist children understand the procedure and reduce anxiety.