Investigating Science and Technology in the Built Environment
Before excursion activities
Big Build Up’ is a program that teaches you about designing buildings and the importance of thinking about how designs might affect the environment.
In this program you will be working in a design team on a task to redesign the old meteorological building in the city near the Harbour Bridge. Your task is to give the building a new use as part of a primary school. You will learn about the history of the building and what surrounds it on this page, and visit it on your excursion.
On your excursion, you will also:
- Visit a two heritage buildings that have been developed to give them a new use, and to learn about important things designers must consider when they are designing buildings
- Visit an Environmental Education Centre to learn about what makes buildings environmentally friendly
- Use ipads to learn how to professionally draw 2 and 3D models
- Use a model to conduct a scientific experiment to work out how to make buildings more environmentally friendly
1. The Task
The Meteorological Building
The building you will be redesigning is called the Meteorological building.
Location – Observatory Hill
The Meteorological Building is located on Observatory Hill. This is an historic area in the suburb of Millers Point, Sydney. Observatory Hill has some important educational buildings on it like the Sydney Observatory, The National Trust, Fort St Public School and Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre. The building is within Fort St Public School and next to the weather station and the reused messengers Cottage. Your design task is to find a new use for the the building because Fort St PS is growing and needs more space
2. Designing in a team
Part 1 – Your teacher will put you in a design team. From what you have read about the building and it’s location, discuss what would be a good new use for the building with your team. You will be drawing a floor plan showing your ideas for the building. To help you practice drawing floor plans, draw a plan of your classroom in your Student Activity Booklet. Measure your classroom with a tape measure or trundle wheel, work out a good scale with your teacher, and draw birds eye views of the objects in your classroom. Some examples of birds eye views are shown in your Student Activity Booklet.
Ask your teacher for a floor plan of the building and practice drawing some design ideas on the plan with your design team. When you are happy with your team’s final design, paste it into your Student Activity Booklet. You will practise using these ideas on your excursion day to make a professional looking plan on an ipad.
Part 2 – The second part of your task involves your team making the building more environmentally friendly. Read about the 7 things that make a building environmentally friendly. Discuss with your team how you could make the building more environmentally friendly and draw these on the building’s picture in your Student Activity Book. On your excursion day you will learn how to professionally draw these on a computer using a program called Floor Planner. If your school Ipads have floor planner you can practice using it before your excursion.
Follow up to Excursion – Teachers!
Visit ECOSPACE, a comprehensive unit of learning which provides the opportunity to learn about the built environment, energy and sustainability (for Stage 3) in a fun way. It is aligned to the new Science and Technology syllabus and integrates Working Scientifically and Working Technologically through the Built Environments substrand. It provides teaching notes and resources which support learning to use as required.
Follow up Experiments