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Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Overview: Build SF Lessons at a Glance

Build San Francisco offers these lessons for teaching real-world design and build skills.

January 20, 2009

Lesson 1: How to Draw in 2-D and 3-D

Teach students about polygons and perspective drawing. Build momentum with the basics for more advanced topics later on.

What's inside:

  • Polygon examples
  • Techniques for drawing in two and three dimensions
  • Introduction to orthography


Lesson 2: Conceptualizing the Golf-Hole Design

Get students to start brainstorming and sketching their miniature golf holes. This lesson serves as an introduction to popular golf terms and clarifies the requirements for the golf-hole design.

What's inside:

  • Golf concepts
  • Example of project parameters
  • Techniques for brainstorming ideas


Lesson 3: How to Build Golf Holes to Scale

Take estimation and critical thinking skills to the next level. Teach students how to turn their golf-hole sketches into the real thing.

What's inside:

  • Teamwork-building skills
  • Steps for laying the green
  • Tips to encourage constructive criticism


Lesson 4: How to Make Blueprints on Presentation Boards

Show students how to incorporate feedback for improving their golf-hole designs and how to create blueprints of their holes on presentation boards.

What's inside:

  • A review of orthographic drawings
  • Components of the presentation board
  • Steps to help students draft their holes in different perspectives


Lesson 5: Using 3-D Software to Render Golf-Hole Designs

Help students create their golf-hole designs digitally. This lesson delves into the uses and application of software for 3-D modeling.

What's inside:

  • Examples of software for 3-D modeling
  • Techniques to teach the software
  • Boolean shapes


Lesson 6: Presenting and Playing the Hole

Wrap up the curriculum by helping students draft and give a presentation about their golf-hole design.

What's inside:

  • Techniques to help students create presentations
  • Feedback loops
  • Tips for building the course

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  • 9-12 High School

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