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Design an environmentally friendly classroom

How would you like to design and engineer an environmentally friendly classroom?

A new eco-friendly school is being built in Bolton − and the pupils are taking control of the design. The Essa Academy’s new premises will feature a zero carbon classroom, the most environmentally friendly one in Britain so far.

What’s more, the students themselves will get to design the classroom. Teams of pupils will each come up with a design, and the winning design will actually be built. The classroom will be built from environmentally friendly materials and will include mechanisms for generating its own heat and power.

Projects like these could be the future of school buildings. Creating environmentally friendly teaching spaces requires careful engineering − and Insite wants to see your ideas. The best of your designs will be published in the next issue.

So, how would you design and engineer an environmentally friendly classroom? Think about:

  • what materials you would use
  • where the room would be located
  • how you would make the most of natural light and wind
  • how the classroom would get heat, light, electricity and water
  • what would happen to the class’s rubbish

Email an image and a description of your design to or post them to:

NCE Insite, Greater London House, Hampstead Road, London NW1 7EJ.

Entries must be received by August.

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