During Communication Technology, students worked in groups to build simple cup & string communicators. These communicators were used to reinforce the lesson on the Components of a Communication System as each of the components could be identified using this simple communication device and allowed students to have some fun while learning a very important concept.
After the information on House Construction was presented, students worked in groups to sketch each of the 3 major subsystems of the house (Floor, Walls, & Roof). Once the sketches were complete, each group created one of the subsystems using materials available in class (shoe boxes, drinking straws, cardboard, construction paper, chenille stems, etc.). Once the subsystem was complete, each group used an iPad to video themselves describing the subsystem they had created and uploaded the completed video to Google Classroom. This activity allowed students to work collaboratively and also enabled them to use technology to demonstrate what they had learned as well as gave them practical experience using Google Classroom which will be used extensively in high school.
For Bridge Construction, students applied what they had learned about bridge construction by working in groups to create a bridge using no more than 100 popsicle sticks and wood glue. The groups were given a set of criteria that the bridge should meet but were allowed to use their creativity and imagination to create a bridge that they thought would be strong enough to support at least one text book and hopefully break last year's record of 24 text books (67.2 pounds). Three groups came very close with their bridges holding 23 books but last year's record is safe for another year.