This year Grade 6 and 7 students had the opportunity to work with Hummingbird Robotics as part of our new ADST elective course. Students had the opportunity to explore, build, program, and test customize hand-built robots with scratch coding, hummingbird robotic parts, and craft materials. Students used the iterative design process to test, reflect on, and modify their prototype!
Clothing Conscious is an ADST unit in which students explore the fashion industry, and the ethical questions behind it. Noting the significant problems created by “Fast Fashion,” including excessive water and land usage for cotton crops, low pay and poor working conditions for garment workers, and the myth that donated used clothing takes care of textile waste, students identify a need for repurposing used clothing to solve these major social and environmental concerns internationally. The students then respond by planning criteria and designing a repurposed clothing product for their end-user. They identify and use appropriate tools to safely create this product, which they then evaluate and ultimately share with potential users.