How can we help conserve the local wildlife population?
In this project, students were commissioned to design a birdhouse for either a house sparrow, common starling or swift. They had to develop their design based on the preferences of the birds gathered from their scientific research.
The birdhouse house needs to be:
●designed to meet the habitat requirements of the particular bird
●built predominantly out of wood
●decorated with a ceramic roof
What the student says
"I have never been so close to a cow’s eye before!"
"I love music, but to know the science is very interesting."
Key Art & Design Skills
Knowledge of the design process: responding to a brief, researching, developing specification, designing, making and presenting a product.
Illustration skills: isometric, elevation and net diagram drawings
Carpentry skills: measuring, marking, cutting straight/curved and finger joints, refining, assembling and finishing (MrMCRAF)
Ceramic skills: slab rolling, cutting and surface design decoration
Key Scientific Knowledge
Classification; Students learnt how to classify species via their various different characteristics.
Habitats: Studying the factors affecting the environments where species live and how we can make the best possible birdhouse for the chosen bird based on their behavioural and structural adaptation.