This year, students in Grade 6 and 7 are taking classes in Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (ADST) as part of the new BC curriculum. Through ADST, students have the opportunity to design, build, and experiment with new technologies. They learn to test, reflect and modify their designs and then share their designs with an audience. Throughout the experience, students better understand the design making process through class discussions, design journals, and self-reflections.
In “Dream It, Design It, Build It” the girls had the opportunity to draft an object that would serve a purpose in their day-to-day lives using SketchUp, a 3D modelling package. From there, they took saw to wood, hammer to nail, and impact driver to build their designs. All the wood and hardware was donated by Kerrisdale Lumber and our YHS maintenance staff. Had we not found a use for it all of it would have ended in the dump!
The girls did a fantastic job and were very brave learning how to use tools that they had never held before. In fact, one of our students declared on the last day of class, “Now I know what I want for Christmas—an impact driver and a drill!”
Gr. 6 & 7 Teacher