The importance of inquiry
Giving students the opportunity to create personalizes their learning and allows them to experience the entire design thinking and problem solving process. This empowers them to take charge of their own learning and often ignites a passion that continues outside the learning environment. Additionally, students are encouraged to reflect on their conceptual understanding, creation and skills throughout their time in the Inquiry Zone. Risk-taking is celebrated since the experience is the true goal, rather than the project.
Students in grades K – 5 will have the opportunity to create in the Inquiry Zone during their library class sometime during the school year. Parents are welcome to visit during their student's inquiry time to help, or just to watch the fun!
Projects are created to demonstrate the students understanding of the IB unit's central idea. What and how to create are decided by the student. Students may build a structure from cardboard, or digitally through coding, sew fabric by hand or machine, compose a song using a keyboard, engage in digital story telling, journey throughout the world using a green screen or Skype, or any combination of these or other something completely different fueled by their imagination.
Tools and Supplies
Donations of supplies and tools are always welcome. We have a sewing machine, a roll-up keyboard, 15 iPads, a green screen, and various hand tools. Consumables include a variety of craft supplies, fabrics, ribbons, string, small toys, building blocks, figures, and landscaping materials such as Easter grass, moss, rocks, and small tress.