Since Spring Break, Division 2 has had quite a few projects and special activities on the go. With Division 1, and Mr. Bernard (From Cariboo), we had been working in groups on a woodworking bridge project. We finally tested our bridges, measuring their overall weight and found out if they met the 5kg weight bearing goal across a 1metre span.
We have also been learning about another new component of the redesigned curriculum, called the Core Competencies. During our “Maker Space” project time, we work in small groups around a creative team challenge, such as the MakeyMakey circuitry challenge, the Ollie or Sphero coding challenge, general coding on the iPads, writing and recording new music and beats on Garage Band (iPad), or building a structure using the Keva Blocks. After each session, we reflect on the Core Competencies, thinking about how we problem solved through these new challenges with our classmates, and how we used creative thinking, critical thinking, communication and social responsibility skills. Here are some pictures of us working in our Maker Space:
In recognition of International Day of Pink, the entire school walked up to Cariboo High School, wearing pink, to spread messages of appreciation and inclusion around their school. We spent time appreciating the mentors from Cariboo, and even had some time to do a little dancing!
This week, our teacher-librarian, Ms. Su, let us know that she has organized the three candidates from our local riding in the upcoming election to come to our school for a student debate. We began brainstorming questions that we have, on topics such as Healthcare, Education, Local Issues… and we look forward to hearing how the BC Liberal, NDP, and Green Party candidates will respond to each of our questions. Parents are welcome to come watch the debate (but sorry, only the students will be able to ask questions as this is a student-run debate!) next Friday, April 28th at 11am in the gym.