Working Together to Live Together

Whose home is it anyway? Design teams plan a housing development in which they must also protect a native species. The teams consist of a project manager, civil engineer, environmental engineer, and graphic designer. Teams present their research on the biome, the protected species, and the design of the housing development to the rest of the class for feedback.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have the class research housing developments in your area and determine whether consideration was made for native species
  • Provide a lesson on biomes prior to this activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires access to a computer lab
  • Multiple groups will have the same biome; be sure they do not use the same species
Pros

  • Activity is engaging
  • Allows for career exploration of different engineering disciplines
Cons

  • There are a lot of species on the biome list that may be overwhelming to some
  • The format of the grading rubric is confusing if learners are only completing a poster or brochure