This creative project has been created in collaboration with HiveHaus, a company specialising in innovative, modular architecture. During the project, students will begin by learning about the HiveHaus concept, which is based on pre-fabricated, hexagonal 'cells' that connect in a flexible, adaptable and affordable way. Following their research, students will be given a brief to design a HiveHaus structure for their school! They will draw their design ideas and pick their pre-fabricated components before drawing their designs in CAD software. The models will then be 3D printed and used in presentations to explain their design thinking.
The lesson can be incorporated into the study of design technology, art and design, computing and maths. The material can be adapted for ages 10-16. The curriculum is aligned to NGSS, CCSS and UK National Curriculum standards. A comprehensive list of standards met is included in the lesson platform.
In this project students will:
Develop an understanding of the architectural components of the HiveHaus structure
Identify social and educational requirements of their school to develop a design brief
Consider aesthetic and functional aspects to design an architectural concept
Use 3D printing to manufacture a prototype model
Communicate their design thinking, using their prototype model as a presentation tool