This week, we supported an exciting triad of teacher-led projects at C:/dags.
First we stopped by Mr. Garcias Physics class, where he’s facilitating a balloon-powered-car project with the help of the D3 process. His students have developed stong problem statements for their designs, and have a limited pallette of materials to use. They are currently in the brainstorming phase of the process, and are generating multiple possible design solutions. Next step is peer feedback next week. We are looking forward to seeing the final competition.
Next we stopped in for a post-project-reflection with Mr. Gomez, who just wrapped up a project in his Geography class. The challenge was to create a personal “Mandala” that reflected their unique place in history, place, and culture. Mr. Gomez created a series of activities through the lens of his Geography content that encouraged students to create a personal inventory, and translate their brainstorming into visual as well as written form.
Finally we stopped in to play a math-based game with one of C:/dags’ amazing Algebra teachers, Ms. Owens. She is developing a unit in which students will customize and play a game that reinforces Algebra functions by creating models of cities with buildings and roads. Using a set of circulatory rules, the purpose of the game is to move materials and people to desired locations in the city with the least amount of steps as possible.
Stay tuned for more updates on these and other projects happening right now in South LA!