21/2/2018 0 Comments
If you’ve never done a ‘Mystery Bag Design Challenge’ you need to......like tomorrow! I am just blown away by the thinking, the diversity, the creativity and the sometimes totally left field awesomeness (that’s gotta be a real thing right?) that our tamariki can come up with when given the opportunity to show it.
Today I had two very different groups of Year 4 learners through the Makerspace, Year 4’s.... first 24 boys, then 30 girls. The igniter was ‘Going Places’ by Peter and Paul Reynolds. A perfect picture book for launching discussion and thinking around creatively, collaboration and what makes us all unique.
We has 3 stations, the Mystery Bag design Challenge, an Art and design challenge and a Robotics Challenge. I had seen the resources online for the mystery bag challenge a while back so aI hunted them down and downloaded them and printed and laminated the cards and stapled the labels to the bags (you can find them here https://buggyandbuddy.com/mystery-bag-stem-challenge/ ). I filled each bag with lots of different materials and had Must Do’s and Can do’s written on the windows (my flip top whiteboard table was in use). The Must Do’s included....taking care around ‘hazards’ (we identified these together eg hot glue guns.) the Can do’s included....you can use anything from the supplies table (masking tape, string, glue, pens, crayons, scissors etc)....you can negotiate swaps but only with Paula (that way learners aren’t pressured to give up the contents of their bag, also I then have the opportunity to challenge their thinking and check in on their progress). You need access to a real variety of materials and some ‘left field’ stuff helps too (I added old cooking utensils, door handles, broken toys etc). I feel like this was one of those activities that I would want to repeat at lots of different age levels (with different cards for juniors) as learners were so self motivated, driven and determined to see their designs completed. Other than using the Stanley knife a couple of times I was surplus to requirements! Which was lucky as the Art challenge was a very different story. I’ll share the art challenge tomorrow. Our tamariki took their designs back to class to share, write about, reflect on and in some cases, perhaps refine and improve. I love that their teacher suggested - photograph your bag, it's contents, your challenge card and then your creation. This means students now have evidence to add into Popplet or Explain Everything or iMovie or Seesaw (whatever their app of choice or purpose once they are back in class).
I wonder what the kids will call me, today one said "I'm looking for the Apple Teacher"......and another said "Are you Mrs Maker?" ......funny.