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Container Buildout

Project Overview

We, the students and educators of REAL School, have been involved in designing and assembling our learning space since the beginning of the school. The more we built, the more we realised that we will soon need a bigger and better equipped workshop for our tools, outside of our current space. Together with the learners we discussed our needs and decided that we want a space that is functional, mobile, and affordable. Upon comparing our options we came to the conclusion that a container would make a great workshop space. So we started designing...

Project Goals

Long term:

  • To build out a full size container workshop for our own use by the start of the next school year [covering Learning Goals 10, 12, 18, 20]

Short term:

  • Creating 1:20 scale models of how each student envisions our container should be

  • Individually designing the containers [covering Learning Goals 16]

  • Presenting and pitching their ideas to each other [covering Learning Goals 11, 13]


The final product of this stage of the project consisted of accurately measured containers at a 1:20 scale, individually designed with features that the students felt reflected their needs and their imaginations.

Skills Developed

  • Using a scale to create something that is measurable and accurate

  • Creating 3 dimensional models of cardboard and other recycled materials

  • Sharing concepts through pitching your ideas

  • Improving fine motor skills

Student Voice

“It was very exciting making our own container. We used recycled plastic and garbage for the build. I think ours was very pretty. It had a sink, a lamp, curtains and we tried to make it as comfortable as possible. I learned how to use a glue gun. Learning the ratios and measuring was a little hard in the beginning, but once we got used to it, that was also fun. But decorating it was definitely the most fun!”

Lili, 9

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