As we come back from the Winter break, we continue with our design thinking work. With partners, students reviewed their blueprint designs of their bridges. Students used mainly cardboard, tape, plastic cups, and string to bring their designs into the first prototype.
Some pairs built accordingly to the their designs while others found their creativity take over. Students came across some design flaws and successes.
One pair in particular found it challenging to get their pillars to stay standing using tape. After attempts to try using glue stick, and turning the bridge prototype upside down to attach the pillars without much luck. Finally, an idea sparked and they cut slits into the cardboard pillars and discovered it stayed connected. The students were able to test their bridge.
Other students became excited with their task that they added additional features such as a “drinking water pipe in case the bears got thirsty”.
This design thinking task will provide us with practice for our next task; designing a useful product for our friend.
As we embark on this, students are asked to continue to bring in building supplies to help them become successful. We will need items that can be reused and repurpose for other building and creating tasks. If you have any of the following materials that you are willing to donate, it would be greatly appreciated:
-small pieces of scrap fabric
-empty toilet/paper towel rolls
-plastic/styrofoam drinking cups
Enjoy this video of a dramatic testing of an original bridge design.
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.