This year, the Year 5 boys have been encouraged to think outside the box with the creation of a Makerspace area in the Tech Space at Prep. A series of challenges were set, in which they had to employ the principles of the design cycle to create, evaluate and investigate in order to solve problems and develop original ideas.

The range of challenges included: a solution to the crows getting into the bags on the bag rack and eating lunches, designing an educational game using coding, making a board game to interest children their age, using original materials and ideas, writing a script and producing a short film with green screen technology that has us on the edge of our seats, writing a short story and an original invention.

All the boys needed to start was enthusiasm and a desire to succeed. What followed was a fantastic display of unbridled creativity. With a combination of a growth mindset, technology, brainstorming, diagrams, plans, and hard work, the boys were able to fully connect with their creative side to take things from paper to production. The interaction between the boys during this self-directed, project based learning, was amazing and a time for them to exercise cooperation, teamwork, creativity, perseverance, analytical thinking and hands-on exploration.

All ideas were discussed and even the bad ones were turned into something better. Boys were using the skills from maths, science and ICT in a real world context and the results were amazing.

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