Tuesday, May 8, 2018

OQS STEAM Engineers Tackle the Earth Day Challenge

Students began this challenge by using a tool called the Innovator's Compass. This is a tool we learned recently as a result of attending the Deeper Learning Conference in San Diego, California. Students first think and talk about their observations; what they see around them in the world that could potentially be a problem. Then they think and talk about what really matters to them; their principles. From there they come up with ideas to help solve one of the problems they want to focus on; something that connects what matters to them to something they are observing is a problem in the world.

The next step in this process was to begin to ideate by drawing and sketching some of the ideas they had. As they drew their ideas they had time and opportunity to discuss ideas with their table mates getting feedback and adding onto each other's ideas.

Then it was time to put all of their great thinking to work! It was time to BUILD, REVISE, and BUILD some more!

Our last day was presenting our projects and explaining what they made and why they made it using Flipgrid. Students thought about their original ideas and principles they used to come up with their idea.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Shape Shift: Perspective

K-2 read Shape Shift by Joyce Hesselberth with Mrs. Whitney to talk about perspective, and how two people can look at the same shapes and see two different things.  

They would partner up and ask their friend, What did you see?  And they would discuss their similarities and differences.

Students then went over to tables where different shapes were cut out of different materials and fabrics, and together they created two different pictures using the same shapes.

Finally, they put their shapes on cardstock and created scenes and descriptive sentences to present their Shape Shift Scenes.

They presented them at STEAM and they were on display for the school art show.  What a blast putting the A and M in STEAM for the whole school community to see!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Design Thinkers Put the "A" in STEAM!

After weeks of deconstructing electronic devices and reimagining them into everything from artistic sculptures to prototypes of new inventions our 3-5 graders completed their deigns and are ready to enter them in the 1st ever OQS Art Show! What an honor it is to be able to share these imaginative designs with our parents, friends, and community members!
This week they spent their time putting the finishing touches on their designs.





Some of the finished designs...

 A functioning portable coat hook. You can take it anywhere!

 A fire breathing dragon!

A jet pack.


  A very happy face!

  Robot Man!

  Is someone going to the moon?

To see all of their designs come to the Art Show this Wednesday evening, March 21st 5:00-7:00!
You won't be disappointed!