Kid Architects

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Kid Architects

Environmental factors are being considered more in current building designs. The Kids Design Challenge held recently showcased a range of water saving designs.

Episode 28

14th october 2008

Learning Area

Design and Technology

Key learning

Students will research and design a product for their school that has environmental benefits.

Students may find it useful to consult with design experts during the design process.

Students need to include details such as the materials being used in their design.

Focus Questions

  1. Write a brief outline of the architecture story.

  2. What is architecture?

  3. What sorts of things need to be considered when designing a building?

  4. Why is function important to a design?

  5. Why are environmental factors being considered more in building designs?

  6. What was the focus for the Kids Design Challenge?

  7. Why do you think this was chosen to be the focus?

  8. Describe one of the designs.

  9. Do you think the design was successful? Explain your answer.

  10. How has your thinking about architecture changed since watching the BtN story?

Eco design challenge

Students will research and design a product for their school that has environmental benefits.
Design brief:

Create a design solution for your school that will have environmental benefits. These benefits could include using sustainable energy to run or conserving resources such as water.
Students will need to consider the following when researching possible design solutions:

  • What are the needs of the school? (Interview students, teachers and parents)

  • What facilities does the school have?
  • What facilities could be improved on?

When students have decided on their design, encourage them to share their ideas with the class to get feedback. This may inform changes/improvements to their design.

Students then need to create a scaled labelled diagram of their design.
Peer assessment

Display the designs and ask students to provide feedback based on the following questions:

  • What works well with the design?

  • What changes would you suggest to improve the design?

Further investigations

Students can take the next step in the design process and create a model of their design.
Organise an architect to speak to your class about eco design.

8 Related Research Links

ABC Headspace

Archkidecture – kids architecture website

Kids Design Challenge website

Kids encyclopedia – What is architecture?

Rodeo kids

  1. Retell the story in your own words.

  2. How old was Josh when he started in rodeos?

  3. What injuries has Josh had since riding bulls?

  4. How do you win a rodeo?

  5. What is Troy Dunn teaching young people?

  6. Why is safety an important consideration in bull riding?

  7. Why do you think some people might be opposed to rodeos?

  8. Choose three adjectives to describe rodeos.

  9. How did this story make you feel?
  10. Has your thinking about rodeos changed since watching the BtN story? Explain your answer.

ABC 730 Report – Former champion helps young cowboys

ABC Landline – School of hard knocks

ABC News – Champion bull rider passes on secrets

PBS kids website – information about rodeos

Animal liberation – Information about rodeos
Outback jobs

  1. What was the main point of the story?

  2. Where is the world’s biggest cattle station located?

  3. How many square kilometres is it?

  4. How many people work on the station?

  5. What is Anna Creek doing to attract new workers?

  6. What sorts of jobs are available?

  7. What are some advantages of working on a cattle station?

  8. What do you think the disadvantages might be?

  9. Why do you think people are not choosing to work on stations?

  10. Predict what might happen if outback stations can’t get new workers.

Think of a creative way to encourage people to work on an outback cattle station. Present your idea in a visual form.

ABC Landline – Creek dries up

ABC Rural – Rural Australia short 70,000 jobs

S Kidman and Co website


  1. Explain the BtN story to another student.

  2. Apart from the army, what other defence forces have cadets?

  3. What sorts of skills do the Army cadets learn?

  4. Why do kids choose to become cadets?

  5. What sorts of military exercises do they practise?

  6. In your own words, describe what personal development is.

  7. What is Maddie’s role in the cadets?

  8. What do you think are the advantages of being an army cadet?

  9. Who can join the cadets?

  10. What was surprising about the BtN cadets story?

Visit the Kids HQ at the Australian War Memorial website

Australian Army Cadets
Department of Defence – Careers
Australian Navy Cadets
Australian Air Force Cadets


Curriculum Outcome Links: English, Society and Environment/HSIE DATE 11/3/04

Student learning outcomes
Students will:

Focus Discussion
  1. What has happened to the number of students studying Agriculture?

  2. Using the images in the story, describe the sorts of things students are learning at Ag school.

  3. What are some of the jobs that the Ag students want to do?

  4. The number of students enrolling in Agriculture courses is dropping. Why is this a problem?

  5. Why have the numbers dropped?

  6. Why is it important for people to study Agriculture?

  7. What are educators doing to encourage people to study Agriculture?

  8. How do you think people could be encouraged to study Agriculture?

  9. What do you now know about studying Agriculture that you didn’t know before?

What’s it all about?
Students will be researching an area of study in Agriculture that they want to learn more about.

Students brainstorm what they already know about studying Agriculture at school and university. Record key words and ideas.

Ask students to sort ideas and key words into groups and develop questions they need to ask to find out more information.

  • Who

  • How

  • What

  • Why

  • When

  • Where

  • Which


Locate resources that will help answer their questions. These can include:

  • Print (books, newspapers)

  • Electronic (Internet, television)

  • Library/Resource Centre

  • People (friends, family, teachers)

  • Community, Government and Private Organisations


Select the information from a variety of sources that provide answers to their questions. Students may need support to sort through and select relevant information.


Students will then need to organise their research by creating main heading from their questions. Write each heading on a separate piece of paper. Record the information found for each question.


The information can be presented in a variety of ways. These include:

  • Brochure

  • Oral presentation

  • Web page

  • Poster

  • Making a video

  • Power Point presentation

Negotiate with students early in the research process how they would like to present their research.


Students can assess their own learning by asking themselves:

What did I do well?

What could I have done better?

Remind students to think about the process as well as the finished product.

8 Related Research Links

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