During the last week of school, Ms. Minter, a fourth grade teacher who has embraced using technology to support student voice, shared these projects that her students had created around their social emotional learning.
Engineers started the 3D design of their bridge using Makers Empire and either Shaper or Blocker. On Friday, engineers will be using physical materials that they have requested to create their final bridge.
Using PBS Building Big: The Bridge Challenge and Seesaw, engineers were assigned a partner and a scenario to create a bridge design.
Using Seesaw, engineers were assigned research missions to learn more about bridges through video and print. Engineers then shared what they learned on Seesaw.
3D printed gingerbread people with kilogram weights were used to test how much the bridge could hold before collapsing. Designers captured their testing using their iPads and Seesaw.
Observing our designers last week, I could see how many of the designers were using lessons that they had learned in the training lab and were creating vertical tower wands.
In a previous lesson, I had disregarded the need to transition from vertical to horizontal and instead focused on creating horizontal flat wands. This was very difficult for many of the designers who immediately adopted the feeling of not being able to do it.
With this group of designers, designing first in vertical and then transitioning to a horizontal so that they could learn to design in both directions was very successful.