Design Challenge: Gnome House

Annual Gnome House Design Challenge

Attention homeschoolers, classroom teachers or any students who are interested in design! Fallingwater invites you to participate in its annual Gnome House Design Challenge, an educational program for students who are eight to 13 years old.

Whether you live around the corner from Fallingwater or around the world, and whether it’s a homeschool, after-school or class project, students will experience the architectural design process just like real architects. This project may be completed by students independently or collaboratively as a class. It culminates in an optional Gnome House Symposium held each May at Fallingwater (usually a Sunday), where individual students and their families have the chance to share their finished projects.

Over the course of the school year or semester, students will learn about Fallingwater and the work of Frank Lloyd Wright while they think creatively and use decision-making skills to plan and design houses for their clients. The students' clients are gnomes, which come with unique challenges and requests for their specific home design. During the Design Challenge, creativity, math, science, technology and language arts skills overlap during seven hands-on lessons in architectural and design.

The Fallingwater Design Challenge is a great option for homeschoolers, scout troops, school groups and individual students. Students or teachers will receive seven design assignments, which will challenge them to work through the steps of the architectural design process as an independent project or with their classroom teacher.

Teachers and/or parents can begin enrollment by filling out this form. Open through March 15, 2019.

For questions, please contact Max Adzema at madzema@paconserve.org.

 

Pricing for Individual/Homeschool Version

Option A: $50 for one student, plus $25 for each additional student in a family. Perfect for participants who are unable to visit Fallingwater in person. Includes Lessons 1-7 of the Gnome House Design Challenge, a unique gnome “client,” and some supplemental materials. Option A does NOT include a visit to Fallingwater, but includes an optional Google Hangout session.

Option B: $85 for one student, plus $40 for each additional student in a family. Perfect for participants who want to get the full experience of visiting Fallingwater in person. Includes Lessons 1-7 of the Gnome House Design Challenge, a unique gnome “client,” and some supplemental materials. Option B also includes 2 tickets to Fallingwater for a precedent study visit and tour on a day of your choice. Additional tickets are at a discounted rate of $12/person. An optional Google Hangout session is also available.

For both options, need-based scholarships are available upon request.

 

Pricing for Classroom/Group Version

$50 for 25 students, plus $1 for each additional student. This includes lesson plans and presentations for Lessons 1-7 of the Gnome House Design Challenge Teacher Version, a set of unique gnome “clients” for each student to work with, and Gnome House folders to contain their work. This group option does NOT include a visit to Fallingwater. To schedule a group tour for an additional cost, find more information here.