Friday, December 4, 2009

Eco Huts at Makarora

Makarora have been investigating eco-building. I last went to visit them mid term 3 and had a real good session looking at different building designs and construction methods.

This term it was time to start building a few models how their designs and then put them to test with a few experiments to see how strong they are.

We managed to isolate three different designs, a simple box type shape, a curved roof - a little like an aircraft hangar and a good old fashioned pyramid come tepee shape. We had an absolute ball making these models and the students soon started to realise the problems that you can face when trying to join diffferent materials together and make them strong.

they have been doing lots of inquiry into weaving and one of the rooves was weaved from some harakeke leaves from the edge of the field. Even though this roof wasn't on the strongest of structures we soon realised that this is a fantastic option for creating a strong roof and wall.

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