Sustainability Design Challenge

Supporting students in solving problems within a context

Sustainability Design Challenge

Sustainability Design Challenge

Level 2 Course

Suitable for all specialist areas within Design and Technology as the emphasis is on using the correct materials to solve the problem.

Using real life case studies, provided by Engineers Without Borders UK, students can develop an understanding of other cultures needs and wants together with the importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We are providing the resources for teachers to set a design challenge for their students based on either Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation or Goal 7, Affordable and Clean Energy.  During the course, teachers will be introduced to key issues facing the inhabitants of Kibera and given guidance as to how they could develop a design challenge based on either the sourcing, collection and storage of clean water, or the use of an alternative fuel source. Teachers will leave the course having taken part in activities that will prepare them for getting started in the classroom.

Level 3 Course

Suitable for teachers delivering A-Level Product Design and Design Engineering 

Building on the Level 2 course and again looking at Goal 6 and Goal 7, students are encouraged to think like an engineer and design solutions arising from problems faced by a rural community in Lobitos, Peru.

A-Level students need to develop the transferable (21st century) skill set required by young people to be able to live and work in a global society. This course will signpost approaches to supporting older students in identifying contexts and engaging with end users and real-world problems, beyond their own experience.  This will encourage independent, critical enquiry, plus risk taking and problem solving and support A-Level students by better preparing them for their non-examined assessment.

Teachers will receive guidance on how to deliver a unit of work linked to either Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation or Goal 7, Affordable and Clean Energy.  During the course, teachers will be introduced to key issues facing the inhabitants of Lobitos and given guidance as to how they could guide students to independently solve a problem that they themselves have identified. Teachers will leave the course having taken part in activities that will prepare them for getting started in the classroom and give them strategies to help their students fully explore the context.  This is in line with expectations for the non-examined assessment at A-Level.

Course Resources

Teachers will receive a range of supportive teaching materials once they have attended the course, which included the course presentation that has video links to the featured locations’ residents so that students can better appreciate the issues faced by them, together with what attempts have already been made to resolve them.

Further resources from Engineers Without Borders and Practical Action are also included.

Teacher requirements

Level 2 course:

  • Attend the face to face course
  • Implement a unit of work back in the classroom – length of time and number of students/year group can be decided by the teacher.
  • Log in to the network evaluation meeting approximately 8 weeks after the course. This is to feed back on what they have done and share thoughts and outcomes with other teachers.
  • The British Council will ask for a short questionnaire to be completed before attending the course and after the evaluation event.
  • One school will be chosen from each course to share in more detail the activities they undertook – the teacher will be supported in this by their course trainer.

Level 3 course:

  • Attend the face to face course
  • Implement a unit of work back in the classroom – length of time and number of students/year group can be decided by the teacher.
  • Log in to two interim network meetings to share experiences and gain support as required
  • Attend a face to face evaluation event, preferably with some of the participating students, to showcase the work undertaken.
  • The British Council will ask for a short questionnaire to be completed before attending the course and after the evaluation event.
  • One school will be chosen from each course to share in more detail the activities they undertook – the teacher will be supported in this by their course trainer.

These courses are free to state funded schools. Please contact us if you are an independent school and wish to take part.

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