What an acoustic engineer does is generally not well understood by high school students, and this likely applies to the broader architecture and design fields. Acoustic engineers and architects who are engaged in the design of high schools and classrooms also may not have been in a class of students since they left school. This presentation outlines a Problem Based Learning experience run for high school students in Australia which provided insight into the above gaps for both students and practitioners. The student-centered challenge has been run in two formats. The first was run weekly over three 100 minute sessions, while a condensed format was later run as an 80 minute hands-on design challenge. Both formats involved an architect(s) and an acoustician facilitating the challenge. The students considered the use, acoustic requirements and affordances of design in a classroom. Students were given a classroom with poor acoustics and challenged to develop and present a design solution which improved the area for learning, including room acoustics. The challenge involved mathematics (Sabine equation), measurement (including scale and reverberation time), and architecture.

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