SK Designs Prosthetics for Animals

This spring the York House SK Apple class engaged in a project on Animal Prosthetics. The students had been very interested in how animals help people and how people help animals. They had a veterinarian clinic play centre set up in the classroom and would often read books about animals. To extend on this interest, students were shown a video from Engineering is Everywhere about animal prosthetics. Right away the students were engaged as they were given the challenge to help a hurt frog by designing a frog leg.

For their larger project, students were divided into groups to design a prosthetic for a specific animal such as a horse, dolphin, or eagle. Students used the Design Thinking Framework to help empathize and understand what their animal needed their prosthetic to help them do. They read stories about their animal, watched videos, and even pretended to move like the animal.  

Students brainstormed or ideated multiple ways to make their prosthetic and then experimented with materials. To test their designs, students had to think about its comfort, durability, attachment, and function. After testing, groups modified and improved on their prosthetics. It was wonderful to see how students persevered when they encouraged design flaws and continued to modify their designs until they were satisfied with how it worked.

This project was a collaboration between SK teachers, Kimberly Ryerson and Alison Matthews, and STEAM Coordinator Jennifer Sharpe.

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YHS Welcomes Grandparents and Grandpals

Grandparents and grandpals came to visit their Yorkies on our annual Grandparents’ Day.

The day started with a reception and refreshments in the Gail Ruddy Foyer, followed by a presentation in the theatre. Junior Head Girl Ella and Head Girl Saskia welcomed grandparents and shared what spending time with their grandparents means to them. Acting Head of School, Julie Rousseau also welcomed grandparents and acknowledged the many who made a special trip, some from across the country, to be with us for this special day. Grandparents were then treated to special performances from our Junior Fiddle Orchestra, our Junior School Choirs (Gr. 3-4 and Gr. 5-6), and our Senior Choir, Chorista.

The rest of the day was spent touring the school and visiting classrooms. In the Junior School, the girls had a chance to show their grandparents special projects they have been working on. Shuttle buses also took grandparents to the Little School.

This special day is a wonderful way to honour Yorkie grandparents. Grandparents’ Day is one of our most cherished York House traditions and is held every spring.

See the photos from Grandparents’ Day:

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