At Camas Ridge Community School we use EDCRO as a protocol for our project experiences. Explore, Design, Create, Refine, & Own It! Additionally we follow the Buck Institute's Gold Standard when creating high quality projects for our students.
Spring 2015, 4th and 5th grade students worked in groups to create scale model designs of what they envision the new City Hall plaza space to look like. We worked 6 weeks on this project.
Students EXPLORED City Hall Plaza Spaces from around the world using the internet. Next City Officials presented to the students what they were looking for in designs. Students then worked in teams to DESIGN their vision. After meeting with City Officials a second time, following the advice of the architects, students choose favorite aspects of their designs to CREATE.
Students CREATED and REFINED scale models over the next few weeks. Building the Scale Models incorporated math and measurement skills into the project. All students earned a classroom architect license by passing a proficiency test including an understanding of applied area and perimeter.
All models were built on cardboard bases. Each base was covered with centimeter graph paper. Each centimeter represented one square foot of real courtyard space. Other materials included cardboard, decorative rock, Popsicle sticks, felt, glue, recycled materials, balsa board, and plenty of imagination.
Finally it was time to OWN their work on presentation day when city officials joined us in class to hear our ideas. The Mayor attended our classroom presentations and used a rubric to judge the models. Our story was covered by a local radio station. Here is the link: KLCC.ORG.
Two weeks later, the models went on display for the public to view, and the two winning teams presented their ideas and models at a city council meeting! This was covered in our local newspaper. Here is the link: Register Guard
Throughout this projects students developed many skills including collaboration, creativity, design, mathematics, and presentation. This project is an excellent example of Project Based Learning at it's best.
EXPLORE & DESIGN
CREATE & REFINE