Building Experiences designs and delivers, hands
on, workshop activities to promote
and encourage 'out of the box' thinking.
All of the workshops are designed to:
be enjoyable, stimulating, challenging
ensure that the maximum time is spent
on the full and active participation of all who are involved
act as a starting point or catalyst
for further invention, learning, and creativity
engage learners of all ages
promote group work, collaborative
and co-operative learning
promote an holistic approach whereby
opportunities for learning are realised which cut across traditionally
THE GIANT TETRAHEDRON: A seminal workshop that uses National
Curriculum subjects, creative thinking and team building to arrive
at an awe-inspiring structure some 4m x 4m x 4m. Universal application
and the starting point for other workshops involving the building
of large structures. Maths / Science / Design & Technology /
English / Cross Curricular.
begin by constructing a 3D scaled model of a 5-storey derelict building.
They then begin to redesign its interior to bring it into the 21st
Century - incorporating themes on sustainable development. Design
& Technology / Maths / Science / English / Cross Curricular.
DESIGN A COMMUNITY CENTRE:
Participants explore size, shape and scale to arrive at a 3D model
for a new Community Centre. Through a floor-design layout they then
begin to design its interior, incorporating themes on sustainability.
Maths / English / Design & Technology / Art / Cross Curricular.
MAKING MODELS: Through
individual, small group and finally whole class collaboration, participants
explore three different techniques and the apply them by using a
variety of different materials to arrive at a 3D representation
for an urban site undergoing regeneration in London. Design &
Technology / Science / Maths / English / Cross Curricular.
SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES OF THE
FUTURE: A Housing Design Layout 'game' in which participants
design and make a new housing development following principles of
sustainable development. Based upon the work of Jeff Bishop and
Graham Russell. Design & Technology / Maths / English / Cross
SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS FOR BUILDINGS:
A hands-on exploration of alternative, 'sustainable' materials that
are becoming more widely available and used. Their properties are
explored through comparison with traditionally used materials and
conclusions reached with regard to a number of criteria. Science
/ Design & Technology / Maths / English / Cross Curricular.
ART & THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT:
A series of activities undertaken at or near to the school, which
introduce different ways of creatively recording and interpreting
the immediate surroundings. Based upon the seminal work of Eileen
Adams and Colin Ward. Art / Design & Technology / Science /
Maths / English / Cross Curricular.
BUILDING DOMES: Participants
build a freestanding structure, 4m high x 6m wide. The workshop
is illustrated and based upon the building of The Millennium Dome
at Greenwich. Science / Maths / Design & Technology / English
/ Cross Curricular.
BRIDGES & STRUCTURES:
Participants build a freestanding suspension bridge 2 ½ m high x
8 m long. The Workshop is introduced with historical illustrations,
and reference to different types of bridges. Science / Maths / Design
& Technology / History / English / Cross Curricular.
EARLY YEARS LEARNING:
The workshop has been designed and trialled through a commission
from Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership. It allows children
of nursery and pre-school age to explore shape, space, and size
and to arrive at a large structure experienced through different