|Image courtesy of stemconnector.org|
PLTW, a national initiative, describes itself this way: "[We] provide transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the US. We create an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive." Mrs. Webber's "Design and Modeling" class certainly puts this educational theory into action. The nine-week course required of all 8th graders is built upon the premise that students are engineers charged with the challenge of designing items for kids with cerebral palsy. They build background knowledge of the condition and the problems it creates for those living with the disorder. Students then work to help improve quality of life for those living with it.
|Students take picture of cube|
|A dissembled puzzle cube|
|Students brainstorm design ideas|
Well, thanks so much for joining us here at Hawk-Wired. We always enjoying sharing a piece of our small but mighty school here in Jewell, Iowa. Hope to see you next week. And if you are curious to learn more about PLTW, just click this link and/or watch this video.