March 12th, 2015

Mystery Challenge: Wonthaggi students tackle natural disaster scenario

On 10 March at Wonthaggi SC, Y10 design students were given a box of mystery contents to be opened, along with a design challenge and set time constraints. 

image of student designed emergency shelter

The brief outlined that designers in Australia are confronted by a unique mix of challenges. Australia experiences a range of 'natural disasters' including bushfires, floods, severe storms, earthquakes and cyclones. These events cause great emotional and financial hardship for individuals and communities, and can result in loss of property, homes and in extreme cases life.

Challenged to respond to this scenario, the brief asked students to take on the role of designer and design a shelter that could protect people from danger and the elements in emergency situations. They also needed to create a space where people would feel secure and comfortable, which is fundamental to their well-being and their recovery processes after the event.

image of student designed emergency shelter

Working in teams, the students produced architectural sketch models and in some cases added internal structure, with excellent results. After shared presentations by the teams of their design solutions, the activity concluded with additional information about university, design careers and the diversity of roles within the design profession. 

To integrate the students' learning from the event into their career action plans, their classroom teacher indicated he would "reinforce their options, provide choice (and) guide portfolio generation"
Student feedback after the event, indicated they learned "there are many broad areas in the design profession" and "there are many pathways".

LEAP into… Design activities aim to encourage students to consider a career in Design. View all Design Activities available to your school. 

By: LEAP into...Design Team
Categories: Design

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