Grade 5 students at Hopkins School are undergoing a transformation in technolibrary class as they adopt a maker mindset. The first stage in the process involved the CityX Project simulation in which students solved problems that fictional characters were facing while establishing a new community on an earthlike planet. Following the design process, they created a prototype of their solution using TinkerCAD software and pitched it to their classmates who were posing as potential investors. The last step is for students to create a marketing webpage within their Google Sites portfolio. One design from each class will be printed on the Robo 3D printer based on a five-factor rubric along with evidence of student engagement through Google Classroom assignments and discussions.
For the next phase in the mindshift, students will solve a realistic social problem of their choice by following the same design process. As students engineer their prototypes, they will have access to a plethora of tools and technologies in our makerspace, which was made possible through a grant from the Hopkinton Education Foundation. Along the way, fifth graders will develop a host of soft skills including problem solving, critical thinking, global awareness, communication, collaboration and grit as well as improve their digital literacy. We cannot wait to see students “make” the changes they want to see in their world!
By: Steph Doty Technology Integration Coordinator Hopkins School @HopkinsTechLib / @BlendedTeaching Cross-posted to hpsdigital.org