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Architecture Workshops are hands-on fun educational activities for all Key Stages and abilities. Designed to enhance the national curriculum and to communicate the art and experience of architecture, art, and design. The workshops help resource the school curriculum by providing pupils with insight into why and how things are the way they are.
In the workshop, the quest for understanding the world around us is a shared experience between workshop presenter 'animateur' and the pupils. Visualising, designing, creating, calculating and analysing are presented through practical activities. Pupils enjoy and learn about the real world through 'learning by doing', self teaching and communicating to others.
Pupils learn about European Christian Architecture in the middle ages through the construction of a classical structure representing Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire England. Pupils walk around their huge Cathedral and marvell at its Octagon “Lantern” centre whilst learning about its ancient history.
Born in July 1895, Richard Buckminster Fuller was one of the world's first environmental activists. He came to the conclusion that humanity was using the Earth's resources faster than they were being replaced and coined the term 'ephemeralization', meaning to do more with less.
In this workshop pupils begin with building a large Tetrahedron, made from smaller tetrahedrons. This intoduces the pupils to a 3d geometric shapes. Then the pupils make a series of penagons which are fixed together to form a dome. This is then repeated and the two doems are attached to form a complete sphere. If time allows an even large rdome is made that all the pupils can fi rinside.
Deisgned to celebrate the new millennium, the Millennium Dome has become a treasured London Landmark and to think they were talking of pulling it down.
Pupils work individually in groups and altogether to construct a model large enough for the group to assemble within, demonstarting the amazing uniqueness of the suspension structure that make up the dome. The structure is held aloft by 4 hugh bananna truss masts towering 4m high
Deisgned in response to a request by The Millennium Bridge Commision in 2000 the workshop demonstrates the 'wobble' affect that caused the closure of the bridge soon after opening.
Pupils work individually in groups and altogether to construct a model up to 12m long of this uniquest of suspension bridges. The structure is held aloft by 8 pupils holding nothing more than the string which represets the suspension cables strung alongside the bridge, rather than from above as with a traditional suspension bridge.
Pupils work individually and in groups as Vikings together to construct a Long Boat up to 12m in length, complete with sail and oars. Large enough for the whole group to sit in, they imagine navigating a passage around the Arctic Circle to North America, as the Vikings did, some 500 years before Columbus.