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SAVY 2019: Session 4, Day 5 – Creative Contraptions (Ms. Tyson) (Rising 1st/2nd)

Posted by on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Grade 1, Grade 2, SAVY.

One of our favorite things to explore this week as been Rube Goldberg’s way of taking a simple task and turning it into a mind-boggling complexity of turns, drops, spins, pulls and more. How does he do it??? Today we read from the book, Rube Goldberg’s Simple Normal Humdrum School Day, to get us ready to finish our creative problem-solving inventions! Some of our problem-solving ideas are ecology based, while others are focused on solving everyday problems in our households, such as how to make sure we all get up on time! Our inventors are buzzing with innovative ways to solve these real world problems and we are so impressed with them!

After finishing our design plans, for our creative contraptions, we used materials we had in the classroom to build prototypes. This helps us see how our inventions might work, and if we need to revise or modify somewhat. We are really working towards using the inventor’s process of inventing. We presented our creative contraptions to everyone in the classroom to prepare for Open House. It is amazing how far our young innovators have come in just one week!

Finally, we did a Rube Goldberg type challenge. Students had to make an obstacle course for a marble that had a minimum of three actions using the following materials: shoe boxes, cardboard tubing, paper, popsicle sticks, straws, yarn, plastic cups, plastic spoons, egg cartons, and playdough. This has been such a fun course of learning because we have all laughed, and been silly through it and that has brought out our creative sides! I look forward to spending more time with these incredible students as they grow at SAVY! Thank you parents for allowing me to work with your children. It has been a pleasure!


Karen Tyson

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