The building continued last week and our students had a number of challenges to overcome. More reflections will follow. One of coolest parts to the building process has been seeing the students learning to use hand tools. This has been the first time for many of them to use screwdrivers.
Today we took a break from the building process and asked students to reflect on their #wikiseat so far. Here's what we asked them to respond to:
Tell us about the process of building your WikiSeat. Some particular questions you could answer are:
When we started building today, some of the students had trouble with finding the best way to making sure their wikiseat legs were:
We made the following presentation to discuss the importance of chair legs and why they need to be mes
This week our students' creativity was let loose. We set the task of building a prototype for their wikiseat design to see if they would encounter any design problems. This task was amazing as it really made students think about their final design and materials they would/might use. We also asked them to reflect on their model at this point and to mention problems they encountered, or problem they could see might happen when they build their full size wikiseat.
Some students chose to reflect via still image and text and some decided to use Explain Everything to explain their thinking at this point.
Reflection using Skitch and Keynote
Reflection using Skitch and Explain Everything
Today we worked on building our prototype models. We talk about why prototyping is important in testing our design ideas. We gave the grade 5s certain materials they could use for their prototype model. The materials we provided were:We're
We're hoping the students find problems and struggle through the prototyping process so they can find solutions to those problems. They worked together in their table groups to talk about what they were doing and to get ideas of each other.
We are a grade 5 class that won a #wikiseat scholarship. We are designing and building a wikiseat for someone in our lives. The chair will help solve a problem in that person's life.