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.
Case study animation video (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)
Design workbook (PDF)
Video design tutorial in Tinkercad (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)
Self-Paced Learning Option
PrintLab's student portal is home to the online learning resources required for each of PrintLab’s lesson plans (CAD tutorial videos, explainer videos etc), but it is also structured in such a way that gives users the option to work through each project online in a self-paced manner without a teacher/instructor. The perfect solution for distance learning, 3D printing clubs, passion projects or self-paced learning at libraries and makerspaces.