Second level - Suggested Activity

Design and Build an Outdoor Panda Enclosure That Features an Indoor and Outdoor Space

Second Level: Craft and Design Contexts for Developing Technological Skills
During practical activities and design challenges, I can estimate and measure using appropriate instruments and units.
TCH 2-13a
Through discovery and imagination, I can develop and use problem-solving strategies to construct models.
TCH 2-14a
Having evaluated my work, I can adapt and improve, where appropriate, through trial and error or by using feedback. 
TCH 2-14b

Suggested Learning Framework

In this lesson, pupils will read Lesson Stimulus - Housing Giant Pandas. They will find out about the giant panda enclosures at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and the features they have that make them suitable environments for giant pandas in captivity. Pupils could also watch the Edinburgh Zoo Panda Cam to see Yang Guang in his enclosure.

Following this, pupils should work in pairs or groups to discuss and record their initial design ideas and think about suitable natural and man-made materials that they could use in their design. They need to think about what size their enclosures will be and ensure that features such as ponds, climbing frames and hammocks will fit.

During the building of the enclosure, pupils should be able to evaluate, adapt and improve their design following verbal and written feedback from teachers and peers.

On completion of the design task, pupils will be able to explain the features they have included in their models and say why these are necessary for a giant panda outdoor enclosure.