Student Program

Flat-Pack Housing

Use empathy, geometry, and vector-based design to create thermally efficient flat-pack shelter solutions for people experiencing homelessness.

Flat-Pack Housing


2 days


Bendigo Tech School

Learning Program Overview

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Working in groups, students investigate characteristics of different materials, human-centred design of living spaces, the mathematics of polyhedrons, flat-pack design principles, and more!

Students acquire the knowledge of processes to enable them to work collaboratively, solving a very real problem. This program is student-directed and encourages discovery of issues affecting people in Bendigo and other Australian communities. They develop “persona profiles” to aid in their empathy and understanding of how various accommodation issues affect real people. The program is structured and facilitated with an emphasis on learning through hands-on processes as well as trial and error testing.

Main Curriculum Focus:

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Design and Technology
  • Digital Technologies
  • Personal and Social Capability
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Sustainability Cross Curricula Priority

Technology Utilised:

  • Lasercutting
  • Vector graphics software

Student Outcomes:

  • Consider the industry stakeholder requirements to create a suitable solution.
  • Use vector-graphics software to create a 2D net of a flatpack house and produce a prototype using lasercutters.
  • Design a solution which takes into account emerging technological trends and material sustainability.

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Contact us

03 5444 7113
Level 3, Engineering & Technology Building,
La Trobe University,
Sharon Street, Flora Hill