Tall structures

This lesson/project idea will develop a knowledge and understanding of structures, applying this knowledge in a real life context. Young people will compete in teams (as architect companies) to win a contract to design a new tower within a given timescale and restrained by budget and available materials.

Broad Outcomes of learning

• Subject knowledge of structures gained and enhanced 
• Employability skills enhanced - application of knowledge in a real situation by considering the volume and cost of materials required to enable a cost effective solution 
• Enterprising skills: communication, time management, analysing, negotiating, co-operating, contributing and problem solving 
• Confidence of working independently from teacher-led lessons demonstrated by group lead designs and decision making 
• Pupils take responsibility for their learning through making decisions about materials, risk assessment, structures etc 
• Learners have developed enterprising skills identified as 4 capacities of CfE

Relevance to curriculum

• Supports CfE Technology 
• Relevance of how curriculum topic on structures is relevant to work and life and how this subject knowledge is put into practice in a real situation

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