9th grade projects

BVR has opened a new Research + Design Center. It gleams, it shines, and it is full of amazing spaces and technology that will allow students to play, learn, and design in a setting that feels like a fast-paced silicone valley start-up. Last year, my juniors played with the laser printing and 3D printing for History class. It might not seem like history is a “natural” or “organic” fit for this kind of design or these kinds of products, but my 11th graders took up the challenge and visualized history beautifully.  In the process they showcased their research and creativity and learned the skills needed to manipulate these advanced technologies as well. It was pretty amazing and I was utterly impressed by what they could generate with simple guiding principles and time and support to execute their ideas. This year I wanted to set the goal of challenging my 9th grade to a similar project idea early in the term so that they can (a) feel ownership in this new space (b) feel confident using these new tools (c) cement a deeper knowledge about the history covered (d) be creative designers of their knowledge and research.   It was a daunting idea but it felt like something I wanted to at least try. Here is what happened:  (using colonial data they visualized regional characteristics and presented the comparative data of today)


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