On arrival, students put their essential skills straight into action:
- Firstly, they began to gather information about their hosts and the volunteers who were joining them for the day
- Then, via a guided tour, they further explored the workplace of Lovell in Manchester
- Lastly, in teams, students were set a problem solving challenge: to design a new tower that the local community would be proud of
The students set about designing a tower with apartments and extra special features to improve the lives of the residents. Their designs were inspired by different shapes and they built a scale model of their proposed idea.
The day ended with a chance to share their achievements with a panel of volunteers. They reflected on how they had applied problem solving skills throughout the challenge and looked ahead to how they could apply this skill again in the future.
I didn’t realise how much more there is to the construction industry than just the building site. It’s really interesting to learn about sustainability and sourcing the right materials.