Grade 4 and Grade 6 recently collaborated on a Social Sciences project, following on from the English storybook collaboration between Grade 3 and Grade 7.
“Applause roared through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory late Sunday after the Mars rover Curiosity survived a seven-minute plunge to the surface of the red planet …” So started the ambitious project that required groups made up of Grade 4 and 6 students to work together. The aim was to have each group build their own Mars Rover from recycled materials. The Mars Rover had to be able to roll off a ramp and travel as far as possible while containing a circuit that emitted a noise or light PLUS it had to house a device that could film its descent off the ramp. While the expertise needed to complete the task successfully was important, the true skill of team work and participation were the focus of the collaboration – especially considering the different ages of the children.
Children love learning through fun – and this was great fun!