You can’t beat real-world application. They provide both Symphony and Meaning to any subject.
These students designed earthquake resistant buildings for a fictitious city in Japan. Through an unfortunate turn of events, the devastation in Haiti occurred during this project. In a poignant way students could see the importance of their work.
In the article, one 14 year-old describes the importance of “base isolation” in relation to the destruction of the Presidential Palace in Haiti.
But students were not limited to quake-resistant buildings only. Other examples of student innovation include designing movable walls, bio-film building skins, and personal transportation devices.
You should take the time to read through the article. I know that it has motivated me to find a small-scale way to bring the real world into my classroom.Share