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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Create Day Observations: Global Cardboard Challenge

Fifth graders spilled out onto the playground as they created with cardboard today. Students also moved from one fifth grade room to another to collect needed supplies as they created. There were moments of sheer delight and moments of frustration too--all part of the learning when it comes to creativity and innovation.

Next year I think we'll host the entire day outdoors. We can set up a complete table of supplies including cardboard, duct tape, paint, paint brushes, glue, and more. Then we can let students spread out all over the hard top and grassy field. That will give all our young creators plenty of space.

This year, however, students built inside and out. Many huddled and worked together troubleshooting the whole way as they turned their imagined arcade games, play stations, or theaters into reality. Others debated when some team members wanted it one way and others wanted it another way. I reminded them that this happens in any design firm when inventors are working together and trying to come up with the best solution.

Teachers monitored and helped with regard to safety, problems, and support. All in all it was a very good day of creativity and play In the next few days leading up to our playground arcade, students will be able to add finishing touches to their designs during recess and free time. Today's Create Day definitely marked the start of the STEAM year ahead. Onward.