Over the past few weeks, our Geography class has been working on a Design Learning project. Our learning objective was to apply research on urban models and the problems brought about by urban sprawl to our own urban models. Our learning for this module was based in Design Learning, a method where we are presented with a problem and have to design ways of solving it. In this case the problem we faced was where economic, social and environmental disparities occur in cities in low income and high income countries.

To solve these problems we designed and created models through critical reflection on and synthesis of geographical theories and case studies to show how cities can solve the problems disparities bring. For example, a very common urban problem is traffic congestion, so to understand a way of solving it, we studied Colombia’s creation of the Transmilenio, a bus rapid transit (BRT) system that serves Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, which reduced traffic by a 32%. We added a system exactly like this to our model to show how a system like this works.
Last Friday, April 27th, we have arranged a mini-stand fair which take place in the Learner Space during our geography lesson were we showed our finished models and how we have practically applied the theory we have learned to different members of the community. Our teachers were impressed by what we had achieved and hopefully many of them will take on this way of teaching and learning as we found it really helped us understand these ideas that will come be in our IGCSE Exams in November.

Juana Lanusse
Year 10 Geography