Chicken Coop Challenge

Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Engineering, STEAM
Level
Beginner
Software
AutoCAD
Time
Multi-week
Imagine a space-age, solar-powered chicken coop resting on the roof of a twenty-five story building in the middle of a booming metropolis. The chicken coop design project encourages students to use their imagination to design a useful, attractive structure that improves the way chickens live and...

Project Resources

Dataset
Design Thinking videos
Instructor Manual
Step-by-step Guide
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Emily Pilloton is the Founder/Executive Director of Project H Design, and...

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Imagine a space-age, solar-powered chicken coop resting on the roof of a twenty-five story building in the middle of a booming metropolis. The chicken coop design project encourages students to use their imagination to design a useful, attractive structure that improves the way chickens live and the way they are integrated into the environment. Students are challenged to solve such design problems as the overall space required; protection from weather and predators; accommodations for food, water, exercise, and roosting; the best materials to use; economics and budget constraints; and aesthetics.

Drawing on the principles of sustainable design, students are tasked to use environmentally appropriate and recycled materials whenever possible to design the chicken coop.

The chicken coop course details the evolution of a design: Understand, Explore, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Refine, and Solution. We'll guide students step-by-step through the design process, beginning with understanding project requirements, to sketching and digital imaging, to building a material prototype and refining the design, to the final project solution and presentation. The chicken coop project includes the same elements required to build a house (only on a much smaller scale), giving students plenty to crow about when they present their inspired design, using the visual aids they created, to a group of local business people and neighbors.

Project resource download

Getting started In this lesson, we'll discover what you'll learn in this course and download the software and resources you need.

  • Chicken-coop-overview.zip 18.81 MB
  • 01_Chicken_Coop_Starter_Files.zip 19.73 MB
  • ChickenCoop_DesignerGuide.pdf 4.01 MB PREVIEW

Instructor guide Chicken Coop - Instructor guide

  • ChickenCoop_InstructorGuide.pdf 12.88 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 1: Design thinking tutorials

  • 1_Understand_ProjectH.mp4_.zip 8.36 MB
  • 2_Explore_ProjectH.mp4_.zip 83.32 MB
  • 3_Define_ProjectH.mp4_.zip 84.88 MB
  • 4_Ideate_ProjectH.mp4.zip 82.51 MB
  • 5_Prototype_ProjectH.mp4_.zip 81.76 MB
  • 6_Refine_ProjectH.zip 47.87 MB
  • 7_Solution_ProjectH.zip 43.64 MB

Lesson 2: Software tutorials

  • Chicken Coop Design Overview.mp4_.zip 20.22 MB
  • Chicken Coop Design Summary.mp4_.zip 24.43 MB
  • Chicken Coop Design Video 2.mp4_.zip 54.32 MB
  • Chicken Coop Design Video 3.mp4_.zip 57.56 MB

Reviews

Katy Lloyd's picture

The videos don't describe how you went from a 2D drawing to a 3D view in Autocad

Katy Lloyd