Diocesan School for Girls/Year8/New Zealand Historical Places

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Our Heritage

NOTE: This project is designed to run for about one Term. In our school this equates to around 30 teaching classes of around 55 minutes each.

Historic places have powerful and provocative stories to tell. The New Zealand Historical Places Trust (NZHPT) looks after properties that are authentic, in their original settings and form a network of places important to our national identity. The places of significance to our many peoples help us to remember, to learn, to belong and share our stories. Inspiring and beguiling - experience our history right where it happened.

This project asks you to explore traditional buildings across a number of geographies looking for similarities and differences. What type of building materials are used over time? Why do they change?

Ultimately the student will build a model using Google Sketchup of a New Zealand HPT building OR a Maori pa site or other building deemed to be of historical value (eg the Maori meeting house at the Auckland Museum.

The NZHPT website is http://www.historicplaces.org.nz/

Curriculum standards

Brief Development Achievement Objective ... Students will:

  • Justify the nature of an intended outcome in relation to the need or opportunity. Describe the key attributes identified in stakeholder feedback, which will inform the development of an outcome and its evaluation.

Planning for Practice Achievement Objective ...  Students will:

  • Undertake planning that includes reviewing the effectiveness of past actions and resourcing, exploring implications for future actions and accessing of resources, and consideration of stakeholder feedback, to enable the development of an outcome.

Outcome Development and Evaluation Achievement Objective ... Students will:

  • Investigate a context to develop ideas for feasible outcomes. Undertake functional modelling that takes account of stakeholder feedback, in order to select and develop the outcome that best addresses the key attributes. Incorporating stakeholder feedback, evaluate the outcome’s fitness for purpose in terms of how well it addresses the need or opportunity.

Technological Systems Achievement Objective ... Students will:

  • Understand how technological systems employ control to allow for the transformation of inputs to outputs.


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The New Zealand Historical Places Trust (NZHPT) has commissioned our class to produce an online view of some of their most treasured buildings. This is to be part of a tourism project that the NZHPT is developing to increase awareness of our historical buildings, and is designed to get more people visiting the sites and hopefully contributing donations to assist in the upkeep of these buildings. The list of buildings and some information can be found on the NZHPT web site. http://www.historicplaces.org.nz/placesToVisit.aspx In particular the NZHPT have asked you to create a 3D model of an historical house for an the upcoming online exhibit. You are to research and design a house that is typical of a particular time period and region. Your design must be based on real examples. You will gather and report on the building materials and techniques used in constructing the house. You can select the region for your house. Your completed 3D design should include: • a complete set of images taken as you have progressed through your design • a finished 3D design in Google Sketchup • a "flythrough" your design, rendered as a .wmv movie file • a completed set of reserach notes on the building you chose, including: o why you chose the building o its significance to NZ o who built it and why o what issues did they have o what was it built of o when was it built Students should document all of your progress on your own portfolio site. Students finished work (3D model, video and research information) will form your page on the NZHPT website for this project. Extension: 1) build your model on the actual terrain that the original building sits on. You do this by using Google Earth to generate the terrain for you. Import this into Sketchup. 2) export your model back to Google Earth to get a "real" view. 3) submit your model to the 3D Google Warehouse. 4) add your video flythrough and other commentary to a Google Earth placemark. Use Voicethread or similar to upload your video (and link to your web site as well) and create a unique online "tour" of our historic places to share on the Google earth .kmz sites.

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