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Description: Pupils design an emergency shelter to protect three people from the wind and rain. The shelter will be made from a rectangular piece of tent material measuring 4 metres by 3 metres, and they will need to identify any other materials required.
Suitability: Pupils working at all levels in small groups
Time: Minimum of 1 hour
Equipment: Tape measure or metre rule Squared paper Calculator Straws, wire, or pipe cleaners Scissors, sticky tape, glue Cloth (material), needles and thread
Key mathematical language: 3D, area, cross-section, height, length, net, polyhedra, prism, scale drawing, shape, space, surface, volume