The 3rd grade Innovation challenge tied in with the study of Chicago. Students worked in pairs to design and build a rotating Ferris wheel around a central axis. Classes read Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Gibbs Davis. As they read, students discussed the design of the Ferris wheel with special attention to the wheel and axle.
The 4th grade Innovation challenge explored energy transfer. Students used Little Bits to create an object that transferred energy to produce motion, sound, heat, or light. Students also explored Makey Makey’s to identify conductive materials that transfer electrical energy.
This year West School participated in the National Day of Design throughout the month of November. The November STEAM challenge focused on making healthy food choices. The Healthy Helpers Mission was to design a robot prototype that will help people shop for healthy food that meets their nutritional needs.
West School students participated in a BreakoutEDU about teamwork and problem-solving. BreakoutEDU brings “escape room” strategies to the classroom. BreakoutEDU is a game that has students thinking critically, problem-solving, troubleshooting, and working collaboratively. Students worked in teams to complete a physical fitness challenge and then used their brains to unlock boxes.
The fall Innovation Club is in full swing at South and West School. Students at South work on problem-solving projects, the LEGO wall, and working in teams to complete challenges. West students take ownership of their own ideas and create projects. These projects ranged from designing a miniature car that drives to finger knitting.
All of our students have their own Google accounts. The Google Suite for Education web-based apps provide many ways to go paperless through sharing and collaboration options. Teachers are scheduling time with the CLC director and Tech Integration Specialist to introduce these tools. Student reviewed Internet safety and learned the basic functions of Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Slides.