|Multiple topics mean every student can personalize his or her own learning.|
|These students had to learn about how batteries work and energy is transferred to design this solution to the problem of not having power.|
The students who designed this house could explain exactly how it would withstand earthquakes and tsunamis.
|Sustainable agriculture, geopowered air filtration, and making dirty water clean (notice the PH strips – they managed to their their filtered water to be PH neutral!)|
|Lego Mindstorm Robots and Lego Building Blocks.|
|A boy learning how to sew.|
|These boys were trying to find a way to store energy. They tried a pop can, a battery, and acid. Here’s how they explained it to me: Student 1: “We used the solution in the can because it has a PH level of 12.”|
Student 2: “And because it has electrolytes.”
Student 1: “And electrolytes conduct. And this is zinc, and this is copper [gesturing to the metal plates in the acid solution]. And there’s an aluminum can that is also conductive. And we’re hoping that this will store energy.”It didn’t. But knowing the PH and conductivity of different solutions and materials and being able to hypothesize that it might work to store energy is a pretty incredible thing for students in grade 7 to understand.
We are a collective of seven educators exploring how and why students might be creators of original work and explorers of their worlds.