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Future bricks

Residential development forecasting predicts that the number of dwellings in the City of Greater Geelong will increase by an average of 2,112 dwellings per annum to 149,346 in 2036.

Austeng is a local engineering company that is investigating hemp bricks as a sustainable alternative to clay bricks. To assess the feasibility of hemp bricks as a commercially viable building product, Ross George from Austeng is calling on schools in the Geelong region to collect data from hemp bricks.

Industry Partners
Suitable for

Years 7-10 + VCAL

Duration

5x 50min lessons and 1x day at GTS

Student Outcomes

Students will:

  • Interpret the design brief/challenge
  • Investigate conventional bricks and Hempcrete
  • Design and create Hemp Bricks
  • Carry out testing using credible processes
  • Collate and analyse data
  • Reflect on processes and results

Curriculum Focus

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Digital Technologies
  • Design & Technologies

 

Program Overview

Populations and environmental impact
Module 1
1x 50min
Hemp as a construction material
Module 2
1x 50min
Making hemp bricks
Module 3
2x 50mins
Testing bricks and data collection
Module 4
Full Day
Evaluation
Module 5
1x 50min
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