This spring, students were challenged to create original projects and inventions in the spirit of the school’s EPIC (explore, play, invent, create) initiative. Middle school students took part in a hybrid instrument project in music class, inviting them to create a musical instrument with recycled materials that met specific criteria. Once instruments were completed, students demonstrated their instruments in class, provided a written report describing the instruments’ material components and function, and gave a brief presentation sharing the inspiration for their design and its hybrid components. Instruments were required to make a minimum of five pitches and to combine elements of two families of instruments using original thought and creation.
2rd and 5th graders incorporated innovative ways to explore units in geometry this year. 2nd graders learned about 2D and 3D shape attributes including edges, faces, vertices and angles. Then they applied the knowledge they learned to design new shapes of their own while listing all the attributes that they could about those new shapes. New shapes were created using an app called Morphi, which allows students to draw a design and then turn it into a 3D image to print with a 3D printer. 5th grade students built “Geometrycities” to showcase geometry terms in the world all around us. They received a required list of geometric terms their cities must include, such as pentagon, square, isosceles triangle, etc. They planned, designed and then built their cities in 3D and showcased their work at the end of the quarter.
6th graders worked during collaborative tech-library periods this spring to fashion original state and math-based board games to help fellow students learn through play. 3rd and 4th graders tested out the original board games when they were put on display during the final weeks of school. 6th graders pitched their games and assisted the younger students as they played.