Written by Peter Holley, Middle School Orchard teacher and this year's Makerspace Cohort Lead Teacher
In the cohort we learned about a design process developed at Stanford called “design thinking”. In this process students first use empathy to learn about the target audience for a design before defining the project and brainstorming ideas.
One of our cohort teachers, Ms. Jackler, used the space for students to build bridges as part of a connection to our “mystery science” curriculum. Students needed to build bridges to allow a car to pass underneath.
Ms. Jain, another cohort teacher, had her students design and build leprechaun traps. The students were able to choose from the wide variety of materials in the maker space. They worked in cooperative groups to solve the problems associated with catching an elusive leprechaun.
Ms. Sakoda’s class also participated in an activity for students to build a tower using only a limited selection of materials. Their empathy goal was to make the tower sturdy enough for a character to feel safe while “standing” on it.
We are excited to see the maker space being used and look forward to it becoming an integral part of classrooms across Orchard School!
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