Student Identified Problem

Fire-Ed Up Scenario 10:

Welcome to the Student Identified Problem supplementary page for the stage 5 iSTEM, Fire-Ed Up Unit of Work. This is a resource site setup to support teachers to implement the Fire-Ed Up Program.

Fire-Ed Up is funded by the NSW Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer, developed from Central Coast Council’s Award Winning program and produced by the Hunter Innovation and Science Hub.

Unit Background –
Australian Fire Danger Rating System

In 2022 Australia introduced a new fire danger rating system providing clearer and more accurate information to communities at risk of bush fire. The Australian Fire Danger Rating System brings together the latest science and knowledge of fire behaviour, is supported by extensive community research, and is the most significant change to the fire danger rating system in more than 50 years.

The previous fire danger rating system was found to be approximately 40% accurate whilst the new reporting system is now more than 60%, but there is room for improvement.

Scenario 10

Student Identified Problem: Students are welcome to design a solution to a bushfire-related problem they have identified themselves.

Identify & solve a problem in bushfire management

Bushfire management is multi-faceted and as such, not all problems have been solved.

Your Mission

Identify and solve a bushfire management problem that you are aware of in your local community or beyond that needs addressing.


  • The stakeholders
    Who is affected by the problem? To what extent?
  • The Bushland type
    How is local bushland affected by this problem?
  • Feasibility
    What can be done to solve to problem? How feasible are the solutions?
  • Technology
    Can existing technology be adapted to solve the problem in a new way?
  • Collaboration
    How can multiple user groups work with your solution?

What can you do in your class to find better solutions?

Downloadable Resources

Technology Mandatory – Student Resource Folio

Download the Fire-Ed Up Technology Mandatory student resource folio.

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NSW RFS Firefighters Pocket Book

The NSW Rural Fire Service Firefighters Pocket Book Dec 2010 edition.

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Australian Fire Danger Rating System

Australian fire danger rating system – Fire Behaviour Index Technical Guide V2.1 Oct 2023.

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Public Information and Warnings – AIDR

The Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection provides guidance on national principles and practices for disaster resilience.

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Video Based Resources

The following are a mixture of Fire-ED Up original video resources and others that you might find useful.

Learn some tips for managing livestock after a bushfire, such as feed and water considerations, looking after young animals and helpful resources (3:56 minutes).

Bushfire poses current and long-term hazards to the quality of our drinking waters. This video will cover some of the key effects fire has on water quality, the management actions taken to mitigate against these effects, and the wildfire research projects aimed to prepare our business for the future (9:40 minutes)

Other Resources


Different but also the same: mental illness and bushfire planning, preparation and response

Urban planning: historical changes integrating bushfire risk management in Victoria

Fire regimes and climate change

Bushfire preparation for tourism and hospitality businesses

Protecting your animals from bushfire – Local Land Services,-plans-and-publications/small-farms-network-newsletter/summer-2020-21/protecting-your-animals-from-bushfire#:~:text=Have%20a%20safe%20area%3A%20Identify,%2C%20or%20large%2C%20clear%20stockyards.

iTEachSTEM Resources


iTEachSTEM – Orthogonal Sketching 

iTEachSTEM Pictorial Sketching

iTEachSTEM Annotated rendered sketches

iTEachSTEM – Making a Prototype

iTEachSTEM – Iterate and Test

iTEachSTEM – Communicating Design Solutions

Other Resources

Bushfire Survival

Online RFS Bushfire Survival plan

Bushfire Survival Plan PDF version


NSW RFS Firefighter Pocketbook – Android

NSW RFS Firefighter Pocketbook – IOS

Hazards Near Me – Android

Hazards Near Me – IOS


Spatial Information eXchange

NSW Department of Education – Digital Learning Selector



Splat3D – Drawing the core 3D Shapes Playlist

Other Videos

AVA Define and Identify – Dr Nick De Leon from the Royal College of Art