Suitable for Key Stages 2 and 3, or ages 5-9, this workshop incorporates areas of the curriculum including Design & Technology, Art, Geography, and STEM topics.
Pupils are challenged to design London’s future skyline. Taking on the role of architects, pupils visit the high level walkways to critically analyse the current London skyline before designing new landmarks using professional 3D design software, SketchUp. Pupils are introduced to 3D printing and a 3D printed version of their design is sent out to the school following the session.
Skills development opportunities include: practising and improving observation and critical-thinking skills in a real-world context,e.g. analysing what makes a building 'iconic',
Practising and improving teamwork and organisational skills through working in pairs and needing to complete the task within time and resource constraints.
Communication skills to listen and understand how CAD software works, to explain idea sand solutions to peers, and to present designs to the class.
Problem solving skills are used through use of CAD software (SketchUp), working out how to translate the designs they have created with physical building blocks to the programme.
Students will also use their creativity to design a new building which takes inspiration from London's iconic skyline.
Pupils participating in the programme have said: 'I liked [using SketchUp] because it was fun and exciting because it gave me ideas' and 'I love it here. I love the fact you can be creative and imaginative'.