Year 8s made tiny house models to scale, and applied their research – lots of problem solving here. One student used Tinkercad to produce a 3D printed kitchen for her house. Students worked in pairs; lots of collaboration.
Some unit changes implemented in 2017 to encourage spatial and design thinking in this unit: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0LlWBc4_vDkYUhOdUZLV3liWTQ/view?usp=sharing
Activity on passive solar: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0LlWBc4_vDkWlhPZTNCMkdKTlk/view?usp=sharing
Students applying research on sustainable homes by building their own house in Minecraft Flatworld. This was extended further this year with students screencasting their house with a voiceover describing the sustainable features of their house.
In this activity as part of Year 8 STEM, the class was divided into 2 teams. They had one 45 minute lesson to turn their pile of boxes (left over from textbook hire) into a house. While they built the house, they reflected on leadership and teamwork and afterwards wrote notes on what they learnt in their onenotes. Students really enjoyed this activity and were very effective in ensuring that everyone contributed. The cardboard houses were left up in the library for a week, whereupon other students improved the houses at lunchtimes.