At AHS we have a Year 8 STEAM Transdisciplinary Unit that aims to assist students to develop “future skills” of collaboration, problem solving and creativity. One of the units is called Home Sweet Home, where students collaborate to design and build a scale model of a tiny home.
This term, 8 TDU students have begun sharing their learning about this concept of “living with less” with Helensvale State High School who have partnered with Humaneity, a not-for-profit organization https://www.humaneity.com/ whose current project involves their students in a global collaboration to build tiny homes.
On Tuesday, 1st November, Mark Bradshaw, Principal of Helensvale State High school, 2 of their Year 7 students, and Mark Philpott of Humaneity, visited AHS to speak to 8TDU students about their project. Key messages were about how collaboration can change the world, about the challenge of making decisions based on what is most beneficial to society, and how to help those in need in society in a “sustainable” way.
Humaneity is interested in connecting with anyone willing to assist with their tiny home project. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/groups/Humaneityinspiredliving/Additionally, students will be invited to enter a tiny home design competition at the end of November, run by Humaneity, and the winning entry will be constructed. More details to come, but the design will need to meet QLD vehicle regulations and be based on a trailer.
As part of this collaboration, Year 8 AHS students are engaging in online conversations to discuss tiny homes on Sunday nights via the Fuze application with Helensvale State High students and Humaneity. This is a wonderful application of real world learning – thank you Humaneity!
October 17 saw the annual Creating Future Libraries’ Conference #flrg2016 #FLRG16 . This year we tried a Learners’ Playground, as shown in the images below. It was wonderful to have a wide variety of TLs willing to share their great ideas and practice. This was originally planned just for lunch, but many people visited stands after registering and also at morning tea. I have added a few links, some of which are related, but not provided on the day, for anyone seeking to explore further.
The main discussion was around girls losing interest in technology around 12 years old, and whether technology should be a stand-alone subject or integrated or about how multidisciplinary approaches might work. I was proud that at our school we are implementing/trialling futures-oriented programs, even though it is evolving, and at least our students have extensive opportunities to experience digital and design technologies, trans-disciplinary thinking and problem solving and STEAM/ STEAM thinking. The favourite technologies that teachers seemed to gravitate to today were drones (Parrot mini drones) and Augmented Reality: quiver, Guinness Books of Records 2015, iDinosaur and Anomoly AR.
Year 5s doing Lego Mindstorms in Library lessons. Year 6s finished Makerspace rotations of: 3D printing a locket with initials, hour of code, Fathers’ Day LED card with sticky circuits and green screen project using Adobe Elements. Had Year 6 Bookweek Event with Terrace-students undertook tallest flagpole with straws challenge in groups, and in the makerspace sewing interest continues, so we invited one of our Home Economics teachers to provide a workshop where students learnt sewing basics at lunchtime, by making a fabric heart. Other students have been making a version of play dough, cardboard towns, aprons, origami, PVA glue plastics and helping in the food garden and with worm farm.