As a culmination of the fourth grade "Scooter Challenge", and celebration of the Trike-a-Thon, the pre-k girls were invited to visit the lower school innovation lab. Our little people love seeing the older girls around our campus and LOOK UP to them with curiosity and admiration, but getting to interact with them in a small setting was a very special treat! Our little girls sat in awe as they LOOKED UP and listened to these "big girls" explain their project, a challenge to create a scooter using only 3 pieces. They explained that each had very different ideas at first and how they worked together to decide on the best one. They told of multiple attempts and revisions and realizing that mistakes were not a bad thing but led to change and improvements on their scooters. Our girls saw how the fourth graders used math, reading, and problem-solving skills to create their scooters. We enjoyed seeing the 3-D printer at work and were fascinated by the girl's presentation. What a wonderful thing for our girls to get a peek into the exciting educational opportunities they will experience in years to come. Making new friends in the process was a fun added bonus! Now when the pre-k girls LOOK UP at lunch, they have names to those fourth grade faces and a shared experience.
Getting to LOOK UP and LOOK FORWARD is a fabulous strength of our school! I love how it shapes our girls, the little ones and the big ones, too!
What were some things you learned from the fourth grade girls?
They had to try again.
They figured out to use magnets to keep the pieces together.
They used the computer to show the shapes of the scooter.
They could use dry erase markers and write on their tables. We cannot do that on our tables.
They printer used plastic to make the scooter!
What would you make with a 3-D printer?
I'd want to make a bike.
I want to make a pony.
I would make a skateboard.