Helping students in Hampshire discover for themselves the theories behind earthquake
In a continued relationship with Bay House School in Hampshire we worked with the
Geography department to design and run a series of lessons that enabled students
to learn about the design of earthquake proof buildings.
We involved staff and students in the initial planning and together produced lessons
that enabled the students to discover by themselves the four basic principles and
then employ them in the design of an earthquake proof structure. The structures were
tested on a seismic shaker and prices given to the team who designed a structure
that not only stood up the longest, but was the tallest and the most elegant.
The project was a great success and we are working with the school again this year
to roll the lessons out to a wider a group.
“It was a really successful project and this was principally down to your careful
planning and superb contributions in the classroom.
I really welcomed your refreshing approach to include pupils in the co construction
their learning. Their responses made me realise this is something that we should
be doing more of this as a department.
I was also really impressed by the professionalism of your approach. You were always
where you said you would be which was really reassuring. Your enthusiasm was deep
knowledge of architecture was infectious and feedback from pupils was really positive.”