Beat the Flood challenge

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.

This activity is accredited by the British Science Association as suitable to count towards a CREST Star Investigators SuperStar award and a CREST Discovery award. For more information about the scheme please visit their website.

The teacher guidance and pupil activity sheets needed to run the challenge are free to download below.

A technical brief on flood-proof housing, a great secondary source of information to use with this challenge, is now available from the schools area of our website. 

This project is funded
by the European Union.

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