Innovations and creations

Students have been developing their thinking skills (one of the approaches to learning) on how to acquire, comprehend and synthesize knowledge. They have been practicing these through learning about the six simple machines and how they make work easier. The students completed their research, made posters and then the class used their (the expert groups) research to deepen their own understandings of pulleys, levers, wedges, wheels and axels, screws and inclined planes.  

Using the design cycle, students applied their understanding of scientific principles to create and innovate various machines. 

Students then showed their complete pieces to the class. Each one spoke confidently as they showcased their simple or complex machines.

Visual Arts: Using the Design Cycle

For their current HTWW unit in their homeroom class, students are inquiring into the central idea: people apply their understanding of scientific principles to innovate and create. In visual arts class, students are specifically looking at the line of inquiry: how the design cycle is used to innovate and create and the related concept: innovation.

Over the last few weeks, students have been learning about logos and inquiring into logos. They have looked for logos around the school and analyzed these logos to discover hidden meanings. Students have found that every part of a successful logo has a purpose.

After recreating the google logo as a provocation, students did a test run using the design cycle to create a logo for the art room (4.2), for the music room (4.3), or for LIS (4.1). Each student began by investigating (a step in the design cycle) and then used different parts of the design cycle at different times while creating their logos.

Currently, students are designing a logo that represents themselves. This week, they are presenting their best logo to the class to evaluate and to receive peer feedback. Next class they will create their final version using the material(s) of their choice. These logos will be digitalized and used as the icon on their edublog and eventually as the icon in their seesaw blogs.