Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Solid Stuff

Tuesday 9th February: Solid works

Today after yesterdays inspiration playing with K'nex and other building materials we created chairs on solid works. We came up with some interesting, hard wearing designs which we will begin to make on a smaller scale from cardboard tomorrow! It helps to draw what you are going to make to scale first so that the measurements on your finished product are correct!
We used the Metric Design book to get the measurements the chairs should be. In the end we came up with some really interesting yet simple designs and got positive feed back from Grainne.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Some of the 'Dead Areas' in the School

Watch this space for a brief explanation, to be done tomorrow

Pupils Plunge into Project Preparation

Monday 8th February : Brainstorming Begins ...again ;) As the class is out undertaking two weeks of work experience, not everyone is working on the project at present. However, we are keeping in contact with everyone via text, e-mail etc. Currently, four students are working with our two architects during this week and our first meeting was today.

The main subject of conversation was narrowing our ideas down. This was surprisingly easy considering we had so many ideas originally! We broke the design down into materials, furniture and technology.

On the concept of materials we seem to have one prominent 'textile' which is affordable, light weight and recyclable. The principal idea with the furniture is to have it modular and adaptable to any area or space, and the primary ideas for technology are having computers easily accessible for both teachers and students.

We have decided on creating our learning space as a zone used during break time or between classes as these are the times when students are not in a class room. It has been proven in our school that there is few places for the students to go during break time which have suitable seating, insulation and entertainment. However, there are some 'dead spaces' we have located which would be perfect for transforming into an interactive area.

Our wonder material is cardboard! Light weight, low cost, easy to work with. Our team of four, with the help of Mr Timmins, have collected loads of scrap card board which we will be cutting and forming into small scale sized pieces of furniture.

Harry and Adam are experimenting with 3d shapes on solid works and Rob is creating shapes from K'nex and other building materials, Sarah is sketching ideas for furniture and updating the blog. We will also be making a video of us making the carboard furniture and playing it double speed, so look out for that as it will be up soon!

Friday, February 5, 2010


Some ideas:

A moving learning space: A bus or tram designed for studying? A moving library?
A building in the shape of letters?
A boat that is designed for studying?
An underwater pod that runs on a circuit...for single use to study?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

SolidWorks Table

What are the mood boards for?

We were all required to create a mood board on something that we thought we could acquire inspiration from. People made all different types of mood boards from ones on water, to ones on robots.
After making these boards, we used them in the initial brainstorm for our group projects. We all found them suprisingly helpful...

People are now putting them up.