Future cities built on $100, imagination – Education – NewsObserver.com

February 17, 2010
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Adding Symphony and Meaning through Real-World Problems

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.

Future cities built on $100, imagination – Education – NewsObserver.com.

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