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The Parchitecture Project

Authors: Melissa Daniels, Ben Krueger

Grade: 6th

Subjects: Graphic Design, Math, Multimedia

Computer illustration of playround
Computer illustration of playround
Boys holding computer with illustration of playround
Presenting playground plans
Computer illustration of playround
Computer illustration of playround

How can we create a play area that is accessible and enjoyable to all students?

Using Google Sketch Up, students design a student play-area for the new High Tech High K-8 school in Chula Vista. Students create design firms, conduct student surveys for imput on their design, determine budget costs, and propose their ideas to a panel of adults and peers. Students have complete control of the design of the space with the stipulation that it must be safe and accessible to all students.

  • Logo of Design Firm (Photoshop)
  • An online survey to distribute to the school and measure results
  • Scaled rough draft of the blueprint (1st rough draft)
  • Final scaled blueprint of your park (2nd rough draft – gets traced)
  • Final blueprint poster
  • Cost Estimate budget
  • Computer model of the play area
  • Understand how to create and scale blueprints
  • Understand positive and negative numbers and balance a budget
  • Understand how to calculate area and budget costs accordingly
  • Express creativity seen through to design
  • Exposure and experience with Adobe Photoshop
  • Experience using Google Sketch Up and creating 3-D computer modeling
  • Understand statistical analysis related to surveys

2.3 Solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems, including those arising in concrete situations, that use positive and negative integers and combinations of these operations.

2.1 Convert one unit of measurement to another (e.g., from feet to miles, from centimeters to inches).

1.3 Know and use the formulas for the volume of triangular prisms and cylinders (area of base x height); compare these formulas and explain the similarity between them and the formula for the volume of a rectangular solid.

1.1 Compute the range, mean, median, and mode of data sets.

1.2 Understand how additional data added to data sets may affect these computations of measures of central tendency.

2.1 Compare different samples of a population with the data from the entire population and identify a situation in which it makes sense to use a sample.

2.2 Identify different ways of selecting a sample (e.g., convenience sampling, responses to a survey, random sampling) and which method makes a sample more representative for a population.

  • Google Sketch Up (Free Edition)
  • Graph paper and rulers
  • Google Forms for Survey
  • Photoshop for student design firm logos (Optional)
  • Google Spreadsheets or any spreadsheet program for final budget


Due Date Project Tasks
·   Final Logo Design

·   First draft blueprint

·   First draft of budget

·   Rough draft of survey questions

·   Second draft blueprint

·   First Draft Computer Model

·   Final survey questions consolidated into one online survey

·   Second draft of budget

·   Final presentation

·   Final computer model

·   Final blueprint

·   Early finishers extensions

·    Exhibition


Students work with a local architect, as well as the Head of Facilities for High Tech High.  Students  present work to adults and community members, as well as the Head of Facilities and the director of the new middle school.

Daniela and Toni Screen Shot 1

Play Area Design: Daniela and Toni

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Play Area Design: Devin and Karmone