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Thinking Outside the Box

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Thinking Outside the Box
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Thursday, September 20, 2018, 11:02 PM

Second grade students in Brigid Rice’s class at Greenvale couldn’t wait to join their classmates and work on their Maker Space Project.

“Are we doing it right now, yea!” shouted one student. The children then divided up into groups, sat on the floor and at their desks and got down to business.

Maker Space activities allow students to create something from materials they are given with minimal guidance from teachers.

“They need to be independent, to think outside the box and to come up with their own ideas,” said Rice.

During this class, the students were tasked with helping Sam, the gummy worm, get into a candy life saver using paperclips, a paper cup and no hands.

“Can You Help Sam” taught students important skills: how to listen to each other, come up with a plan, and try something new if the original solution didn’t work out.

After completing the project student Ahkil Shembekar said, “I enjoyed it because it was a challenge.”

It took the children several attempts to bring Sam to safety without touching him but the look of pride on their faces when they accomplished the task was worth it.