Build To The Line: Design and Construction Challenges
As a Science, Mathematics or Design and Technology teacher in the 5-11 education sector finding low cost, inspirational, team based learning experiences that excite all students has been a challenge until now. The Build to the Line Design and Construction challenge is dedicated to enabling you to facilitate the most creative and inspirational subject learning possible in a simple and scalable manner.
About Build To The Line
Build To The Line is a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education programme from The Learning Partnership team designed to help you engage and educate young people in engineering and problem solving principles whilst delivering the curriculum.
This simple and effective, peer reviewed programme offers you a range of team based engineering challenges for your students and classes to engage with.
Learn more by downloading the Build To The Line Teacher Guide [here] or from the collections below. Subject materials are supplied to enable you to capture the excitement and creativity of the challenge inside your subject teaching.
Each challenge features a global leader board that allows teams to pit their skills against teams all across the world.
Cardboard is used as the primary building material in Build To The Line. Science today informs us of the urgent need to apply approaches to design and engineering that embody key principles of sustainability and low environmental impact. This will mean future engineers will need to rethink the materials they choose to use and their sources. Efficiency will also be a key consideration in the design process to ensure that scarce or valuable resources can be maximised.
HOW TO REGISTER:
Open from 30/09/2019 - 28/02/2020
How do I register and receive the kit?
- To register your school for the challenge, click the button below to pay your entry fee of £59.99.
- Once your registration purchase is complete your school will be invited to join the challenge area within Dendrite and allocated to your Local Challenge Hub.
- If you wish to be twinned with an international school competing in this years challenge, ask the experts in the challenge area and they will make the arrangements for you.
- Resources will be distributed to schools in January ready for immediate use.
- Dendrite Connect is recruiting design and construction companies to sponsor kits into schools. Any school registering may well receive a bonus free class kit to support the expansion of the challenge beyond the whole class resource pack and activity this registration buys.
How the challenge works:
- Use the guidance and ideas in the content areas below to design, build and test designs. There is a variety of additional lesson content you can use from now to explore key principles.
- Hold in school qualifiers, providing opportunities for students to refine their designs and construction skills. Notes and a video presentation for this will be published in the library area below.
- Each participating school will be issued with a dedicated challenge area for the Bridge Building Stage with your own leader board. The school can submit the best teams from the bridge building stage to combine and take part in stage two - The Mars Shelter Challenge.
- Your School will be combined with other schools from your region to design and build the best flat pack Mars Shelter. Each submission will need to be supported with video evidence of the team building their finished flat pack Mars Shelter.
- The leading teams from the regional virtual challenge stage 2 will be invited to compete at the national finals event.
Teacher Guide & Challenge Guides
The resources in the sections below contain lots of information to help you manage taking part in the challenge.
What do teachers have to say about The Learning Partnership and Dendrite Challenges?
- It was an amazing experience, I took a team of two girls to the National finals, not once have they asked where they finished, they were taken over by the experience. It didn't matter if they first or last. Mark Parry, Elm Green School
- The competition is a refreshing change from normal STEM activities, the competition element fired the pupils up to test and evaluate then to improve. Pupil of all abilities could access the competition, and everyone was on an equal footing. Richard Mansfield, Rose Hill School (Pilot Season)
- It is a well-resourced activity that can be ran over a lunchtime club or as a series of lessons. It stimulates the children like nothing else, allows every child to partake regardless of ability. Richard Mansfield, Rose Hill School (Season 1)
- Fantastic opportunity. Well worth having a go. So much fun for the children and adults involved. We loved it and the children got so much out of it. Jodie Blincow, St, Mary’s Catholic Primary School
- A highly engaging project, sufficiently challenging along with superb partnerships and expert support. Helen Brougham, Moorshouse Primary
- It's a great opportunity to apply stem skills to a purposeful activity. Claire Williams, Newcastle School For Girls
- Fly to the line is an experience that will bring STEAM Education alive, Children have control of their own designs and will learn, initially through failure, how to succeed. It is safe and affordable for everyone to join in, it was a truly diverse and inclusive experience for us, with disabled site access and needs all being catered for. The whole process was a challenge, but was thoroughly enjoyed, from the first build to competition. We will be back for Season 2. I would encourage other Educators to step out of their comfort zone and discover the magic of flight, it is an experience you will all gain new skills from, whilst having lots of fun too. Amanda Harvey, Home Educator
- FIRST STAGE: Bridge Building Challenge - Open to submissions from 20/10/2019 - 31/03/2020
- Team Requirement: Up to 4 students - Submit your teams points scores to your School leader board in Dendrite.
- SECOND STAGE: Mars Shelter Challenge - Open from 01/02/2020 - 14/06/2020
- Team Requirement: Up to 12 students - Submit you teams points to the Stage 2 leader board and supporting evidence to the Race event library.
- THIRD STAGE: Finals - Mars Planetary Weather Conditions Survival Simulator - Due to take place End of June, date TBC
- Team Requirement: Winning team from each Stage Two Regional Challenge
|STAGE 1: Qualifiers - Bridge Building Challenge||
|STAGE 2: Regionals - Mars Shelter||
|STAGE 3: National Final - Mars Shelter Simulation Survival||