This project is an innovative initiative that engages high school students in STEM education while promoting sustainability and renewable energy. The project begins with an exploration of sustainable energy practices and their impact on everyday life.
Students delve into innovations in energy sustainability and analyse the benefits of renewable energy sources. They examine how sustainable practices can be integrated into various types of buildings, fostering a comprehensive understanding of the significance of sustainable energy and its implications for the environment.
Next, students form teams and design an energy-efficient town. They brainstorm ideas, considering a combination of housing and business buildings. Factors such as location, climate, and energy needs are evaluated to ensure realistic and practical designs. In the CAD design and 3D sustainable elements phase, students utilise computer-aided design software to design sustainable features such as solar panels and wind turbines.
Collaborative teamwork ensures the seamless integration of these elements into their town designs. They focus on realistic dimensions, positioning, and alignment while considering both aesthetics and functionality. The project culminates in the construction of scale models.
Using materials such as wooden boards and cardboard, students bring their town designs to life physically. They incorporate 3D printed sustainable elements to enhance accuracy and realism. This hands-on activity allows students to apply their theoretical knowledge, honing their problem-solving abilities, attention to detail, and teamwork.