In this unit, students explore their outdoor classroom and natural environments with an opportunity for an integrated STEM approach to teaching and learning. They will apply mathematical understandings, scientific skills and a process of design and engineering to research and create a design solution (a stick cubby or small scaled stick structure) and to evaluate and review their product. Their design solution will be a structure made of sticks and natural materials. This could be a cubby large enough for a group to sit in, or it could be a smaller structure made to scale. They will incorporate an element of sustainable living into their shelter; water collection, solar energy, harnessing wind energy and insulating properties as well as developing appreciation and understanding of the social construct of community and the way a community is shaped by a greater collective.
Year Level: 5, 6