It’s the second week of CIS Summer Academic Program (SAP) and this week our students are solving the pollution problems around the world. In SAP, every class gets to explore and use our amazing STEAM space – the CIS Idea Lab. And this week they chose different technique to present their projects. True learning happens when we get hands on and try to solve real world problems. And these projects are just the perfect example of inquiry-based and project-based learning of Alberta Curriculum.
Our Grade 1 students got to understand different kinds of pollution problems like air/water/noise pollution and tried to design a product to reduce the pollution in their group.
In Grade 2, students have been working on their stop motion project about garbage sorting. They spent a week to plan and made the scene with tinkering equipment, and filming happened this week! All editing and voice overs were made by our very own Grade 2s.
At the same time, Grade 3 students were working on their AR design about a healthy habitat. They spent the week developing and putting their idea into design software, on Thursday, ready to explore the REAL experience via Google glasses.
In upper elementary, technology has gone up to a higher level of challenge. As part of their weekly challenge, Grade 4s are using Scratch and makey makey to design an equipment on the pollution topic.
Guess what this is made of? To understand the result of “Trash”, Grade 5s brought from home some “trash” that could be recycled, or be made into a brand new art piece like a palm tree or a cute little pokemon friend.
3D printing has always been a popular part in CIS Idea Lab. Grade 6s were tasked with the challenge to “Design an equipment to reduce air pollution”. After designing their ideas on TinkerCad, now it’s the time to wait for the excitement when final product coming out of 3D printers.
Even with the same pollution topic, we have higher scientific study standard for Secondary students. Grade 9-12s worked on the science side of pollution issue. They created infographics to present their findings about air or solid waste pollution, they have to verify and present their source of findings too to prove it.
It was a pleasure to witness amazing outcomes from our SAP program. Next week will be our final week and we’ll learn about the extinction of animals. Looking forward to many more fun inquiry-based learning moments happening soon!