Getting to Know the Project: Note to Teachers

TEDb.jpg Welcome to the TED Talk: House of the Future Project. The project will require approximately four weeks to complete and will address the key CCSS for geometry in the following clusters:
  • Prove geometric theorems. 
  • Make geometric constructions.
  • Apply geometric concepts in modeling situations.

Before beginning the project, take time to review all the documents provided for this project.

The TED Talk: House of the Future Project is designed to engage students in the study of geometry by having them apply geometric reasoning to complete geometric constructions and explain how they work. Students will be expected to create a new design for a house or living space, using a variety of shapes, and incorporate their design into a TED-like presentation in which they describe the reasons and design principles behind their design. The principles should be grounded in initial research in the project, during which students examine trends in housing, urbanization and megacities, and futuristic living spaces. It is not necessary that students become expert architects or authorities on future trends. But they should be able to discern trends, review data and opinions, make judgments about the future of housing, and design a housing model based on basic knowledge about the future. The model can be created using dynamic geometric software or constructions from paper or other materials.

Project-based learning is designed to focus students on solving an open-ended problem and providing a solution to the problem through working in teams. Keeping this perspective in mind will be helpful. The new CCSS stress application and inquiry.

Your goal is to have students learn the fundamentals of geometry, but also to coach them through a process of thinking about geometry.