Hackathon – What we learnt

A big thank you to everyone involved in our successful Make A Scape Hackathon last week and especially the Institution of structural engineers whose support made it possible.

Our approach to designing new teaching resources for universities is to co-create them with the people that are going to use them. The hackathon is the ideal format for this because in a short space of time users get together and develop ideas tailored to their preferences and needs. During last week’s Hackathon we had university students and lecturers as well as industry designers brainstorming the possibilities of the App in the university context.

It was great to see the exciting ways people use the game, some of which our designers and development team had never imagined.

As an outcome from the event we have identified a series of structural engineering principles that can be explored using Make A Scape. We have also developed a number of practical suggestions for how to use make a scape in the classroom – ranging from one-liners to lesson plans.

Over the coming weeks we will be assembling these findings into a report and sharing it with the engineering community via our partners and network.

Thank you to the students, FabLab London, Thomas.Matthews, Dr Stelios Yiatros, Expedition Engineering, The Ove Arup Foundation and the Institution of Structural Engineers.

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