Building bridges, pulleys and catapults

As we wrap up the first phase of this semester, children are rapidly finishing up their projects. The creativity and persistence being displayed by everyone is so infectious.

We should see videos from each child next week, but here is a sneak peak.

Some of the designs …

Look at the craftsmanship of this catapult …

… the creativity …

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and the struggles …

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Don’t get fooled by how simple this looks, it shoots like crazy …

French call it Bricolage … we call it Jugaad … I call it brilliant. A wonderful way to demonstrate the pulley mechanism … sewing machine anyone?

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Complex contraptions that are still evolving as we build them …

 

Simple but no simpler way to build a catapult out of pencils …

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Some awesome bridges that go above and beyond the original design … unstoppable creativity

Can’t wait to see all the projects being finished soon … and post the videos online.

 

They will know nothing about a bird

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You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird… So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing — that’s what counts” – Richard Feynman

How true. Watch the text books children are given and the homework they are doing – you will see this at play. A new way of learning is needed where the child can deep dive into the topic, play with the underlying elements, see it in action, re-construct it for himself / herself and apply it in creating something real.

Only then we will have our children learn anything at hand for life and have a lot of fun along the way.