Pupils look at flooding around the world then design and build a model of a flood-proof house

Flooding due to climate change can have a devastating effect on people’s lives. Set on the fictitious island of Watu, pupils explore how STEM skills can be used to help communities be better prepared for flooding.

The challenge: Working as a team pupils design and make a model of a home able to withstand the effects of flooding…then test it by standing it in water and blasting it with a hose pipe!.

The challenge is perfect for STEM clubs and integrating into your D&T and science lessons. It can reinforce a lesson on testing properties of materials, as a transition or British Science Week activity. It is accredited for the CREST award scheme and can be used as a project for the Big Bang Competition