We began today's lesson reviewing what we have learnt so far... see above chart.
Next we challenged the students to:
- build 2 signs welcoming visitors to the PNE
- both signs must move in opposite directions
- each sign must move at a different speed
I was very surprised by how few students decided to take what I perceived to be a simpler route, which would have been to recreate the dancing birds from last week, but instead of a creating birds they would tape signs to where the birds would have gone. Instead, most students went about designing new structures. Initially I worried that they hadn't made the connection between the two tasks being similar, but after observing their engagement with the task, I realized that the motivated to create an original structure to meet the requirements of the challenge was far higher than simply meeting the challenge.