Wednesday, 27 July 2011
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Sunday, 10 July 2011
The celebration venue was really interesting. Whilst there was lots of talking, networking, general catching up and looking at a range of models of various schemes, several people also looked around the venue itself.
I visit lots of classrooms, but fairly predictably, in the RVC, each room seemed to be full of large skeletons of animals various. They certainly created an interesting and eye catching display, but maybe it was a little gruesome as well. (As one colleague noted, at least we weren't in rooms with jars of internal organs.)
It really reminded me that I have been to a couple of schools recently where classroom display of any sort has been extremely sparse with vast expanses of bare walls. Effective display really adds to the nature of the space and can really contribute to the learning process.... when it's missing, it really is a missed opportunity for everyone!
On a lighter note, another source of conversation was the pink wheelbarrow..... eye catching it was , but, despite being surrounded by architects and builders, I'm not sure it will ever see a construction site!!!
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Using professional Autodesk® software, students can bring their innovative designs to life and link with real life professionals to discover the 3D world of Building Information Modelling (BIM). This hi tech visualisation software is used by some of the brightest, most inspirational designers around the world, from Manchester to Mumbai, Hull to Hollywood.... and it’s supported by an Online Education Community that is second to none. (Discover more at http://students.autodesk.com/)
The curriculum covers the key areas of sustainability, community engagement, professional responsibilities in a construction programme, planning requirements, procurement,constructing and evaluating their design in a 3D virtual environment and compare work with other students nationally and globally. It has already been targetted at involving students on not just ecl classrooms but also on local heritage schemes. More on this to follow!
Even better it leads to the Edexcel 'Project' Qualification (see www.edexcel.com/project) so students can be accredited for the unique projects that they develop.
'Design Engineer Construct' is rapidly being endorsed and accepted by schools and a wide range of companies as a really outstanding programme and does what lots of people have been paying lip service for ages, but not doing a good job. This actually does the job!
When I was asked to endorse this, it was easy to do..... 'Design Engineer Construct' provides opportunities, raises awareness, raises aspiration, uses 'real' industry standard software whilst working with real people doing real jobs! We already know that it really engages students and staff. How much better can it get?
To learn more about Class of Your Own click here
To learn more about the Design, Engineer Construct curriculum click here