从创新概念到伟大发明，五年级学生如何了解前沿科技背后的秘密？Design Thinking in HD
From Leonardo da Vinci to Thomas Edison, inventing has always been about problem-solving and continuous improvement.
However, introducing these concepts to young Primary Students who have access to advanced technology in the form of computers, Ipads and Smart Phones on a daily basis was an interesting challenge! It was because of this challenge that we decided to focus on inventions that did not involve handheld communication technology during our recent Grade 5 Design Thinking project.
The Key Objectives:
To create a non-functional model (of a transport-themed invention) from a plan.
To empathise with the life of an inventor.
The students had to choose from 3 different options at the start of the project:
1.Choose a plan which the DT team will provide;
2.Choose a plan which you need to source yourself;
3.Choose a real-world problem and propose a solution;
At the end of the project, each team would need to present their experiences to the class in a short presentation in either Chinese or English. Four teams chose to find their own plans and the rest were provided for by the Design Thinking teacher.
We were excited to get the project underway!
The life of an inventor is filled with failure and it is through learning from failure that most of the great inventions of the past were developed. This is true even of Elon Musk! Creating something original can be a frustrating and disappointing process but by developing resilience, inventors learn to persevere. It is through perseverance that success can be achieved! By the end of Day 1, three of the projects failed and the teams had to adapt their plans and evaluate their initial mistakes.
As the students began working through their plans they began to be confronted with several small problems. When they came rushing to me to ask for advice, I simply presented their options back to them: “What are your options? Which option do you think is best given the time you have left?” The students needed to learn to depend on their ingenuity to solve the challenges they had created for themselves.
During the project, there were many personal breakthroughs for the students that were celebrated along the way.
The model bi-plane group demonstrated real precision and accuracy in their planning. One team, led by a very quiet student who was still building her self-confidence, was able to draw up and cut accurate and detailed pieces before assembling the model carefully.
The team was delighted with their results thanks in no small part to their quiet but determined leader.
One of the helicopter teams was in the depths of despair at the end of Day 2 and was considering starting again. Nothing was working and pieces didn’t fit but by persevering, sharing ideas, and collaborating they found a way forward and completed a finely balanced model helicopter.
The key lesson learned during this project was that to experience real success in life you need resilience and perseverance to overcome the challenges. It was wonderful to see our students work together and support each other to create their models. We hope that the students will apply the lessons learned during this project to their wider lives so that they can develop their levels of resilience.