Art and Design / DT KS2: Designing a rainwater harvester

Engineer Marie Adeyemi helps a team of children to research, design and make a rainwater harvester to irrigate their school garden.

They assess the garden to see if there’s any obvious way of collecting rainwater and look at photographs of rainwater harvesters in Africa, to find out the key features they need to include.

They sketch their initial ideal, build a model and then make and test a prototype.

Finally, the children discuss how they can improve their design.

This clip is from Design Challenge, a series in which groups of children tackle some difficult creative projects with the help of talented young engineers.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to introduce the process of designing a project, and as a prompt for class discussion and learning in areas such as initial research, investigating products, designing, making and improving on a design.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Art and Design and Design and Technology at KS2 in England, KS1 and KS2 in Northern Ireland, Design and Technology at KS2 in Wales and at 2nd Level in Scotland.

More from the series: Design Challenge

How to design a nightlight for a toddler
How to design and make a moving shop window display
How to design a portable bird hide for children to use at a nature reserve
How to design and make a swimming bag
How to design packaging for soft fruit using 2D and 3D software