Today is the official start to the spring semester. I meet with my senior seminar class for the first time tomorrow, and I’m really excited about the potential of the unknown. It’s a new group of students with new interests and ideas. That’s exciting stuff.
We’re starting with a design challenge that I picked up from a middle school teacher at The Steward School. The students will be designing and making a paper airplane, which must remain in the air for at least 6 seconds and travel a straight path before landing. They can only uses scissors, paper, and staples. To make it even more interesting, each team has a $40 budget. Paper is $1, each fold is $1, cuts are $2, and staples are $4.
Part of the design challenge has them documenting what they already know, what they need to find out, what goes well, what doesn’t, etc.
Students will be maintaining their own domains again this year through Reclaim Hosting.
I’m hoping that this design challenge, though small, will set the tone for the spring. My goals are for the students to discover rabbit holes, have fun in that discovery, and provide detailed documentation of the explorations.
It’s going to be a good group of students, and I can’t wait to watch their ideas unfold over the next few months.