Our new Design Technology teacher, Gergana Genova, shares the most recent work from her Grade 4 classes:
"Skyscrapers are amazing architectural feats that are found and recognized all over the world. Giving students the chance to design their own skyscraper starts with imagining it, deciding on a type of skyscraper, then building their own architectural model and being able to explain/present their design.
This multi-tiered, project-based learning activity explored architecture and engineering; the main objective was for students to create and design their own skyscraper. Students applied a variety of academic concepts such as choosing geometrical shapes and making decisions on the number of walls, floors, etc. Students also used problem solving skills including design, creativity, imagination, research, and collaboration in discussions about how to build their own architectural model.
The class began with a presentation and led to a discussion about the origins of monumental structures. As a class, we explored examples of similar structures, such as the Eiffel Tower and top parts of famous cathedrals. Then, the students learned how and why skyscrapers are built with steel instead of iron. Students asked many good questions and we tried to find the answers through class discussions. The students discussed early skyscrapers, and they looked at how those structures have changed compared to contemporary ones. Students also thought about the answers to questions such as: why builders want to build skyscrapers, how they impact the environment, etc.
Students started with simple drawings of their ideas, then they created a rough/quick model from printing paper and tape. In the next step, students developed 3D versions of their buildings with particular details based on their choices, such as gardens, pools, terraces, elevators, etc. The last part of the project involved combining all the buildings together as a “city” for a class presentation/exhibition."