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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Gr. 4 students want to know, “How Well Do You Know Vancouver?”

On Tuesday, June 5, Grade 4 students presented their two-part interactive museum with Gold Rush perspective and question boards about landmarks and events in Vancouver.

As an extension of their Science unit on electricity, students worked with Makey Makey and Scratch coding to make interactive paintings that helped to share different perspectives on the British Columbia Gold Rush. The paintings were inspired by First Nations Artists Jane Ash Poitras and George Littlechild. When visitors touched conductive materials on the boards, a recording of students’ voices would sound sharing an individual’s unique perspective.

Students also created question and answer boards about special places and events that helped to shape the city. They used their new knowledge about electricity and completing a circuit to test visitors on how well they know our city. When visitors matched the question to the right answer a light bulb would light up. Visitors enjoyed following a map of Vancouver and stamping each landmark as they completed the questions! The girls did a great job of creating an interactive and engaging exhibit. Well done!

Grade Four Teachers, Madeleine Abbott and Danika Murray designed and led this project, and Science Teacher, Lela Ling, and STEAM Coordinator, Jennifer Ford Sharpe assisted with the electricity component of the project.

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