The University of Sheffield-STEM Project
Scientists predict the world is going to experience more frequent natural disasters, including floods, tsunami, droughts, bush fires and hurricanes.
Taiwan is vulnerable to many natural hazards. Typhoon, earthquake, landslide, flood, and debris flow are the five main natural hazards affecting Taiwan. Typhoon and earthquake are the most serious and destructive hazards that cause huge damages and economic losses
The increasing frequency of extreme weather events and rising sea levels caused by global warming endanger Taiwan’s environment and survival. Taiwan’s average temperature in the past two years has been the highest in 100 years. Atypical heat waves have been causing water shortages, damaging the economy, threatening the people’s welfare, and restricting the generation of hydroelectric power. To make matters worse, sudden torrential rains from a tropical depression caused severe flooding across southern Taiwan, seriously impacting people’s lives and damaging infrastructure and property.
Your challenge in this project is to Design and Build an Affordable, Sustainable Smart Home that is suitable for a family of 4, housing 2 adults and 2 children (aged 7 and 12).
Your solution should consider but not limited to:
- The typical family behaviour patterns you would expect of such a household
- The different ways that you could monitor behaviour and energy generation and usage within the household
- Use of smart systems
- Various types of natural disasters and climate change issues that impact Taiwan
- Various types and cost of materials used to design and build your house and how they could be used to improve sustainability
Qualifying Round: the presentation of the proposed design is limited to a 10-15 mins video presentation and should contain:
- A short presentation summary of the Affordable, Sustainable Smart Home concept
- Design and sketches of the home building plan showing sustainability technology and materials needed to build a house in Taiwan
- A discussion of particular solutions that have been designed to meet the sustainability brief
- Some comments on the cost considerations
- Some comments on the safety considerations
- A brief summary of / reflection on what you have learnt, what went well and how could you improve it for next time, including how did you perform as a group.
- Presentation of Ideas
Final Round: Build a Model of your Affordable, Sustainable Smart Home and Present it live.