ADST 9 Challenge

This year, Mr. Lee started his ADST 9 class (Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies) with a series of challenges. In the first challenge, students were given the task of attempting to build a tower using only tape and no more than 30 sheets of standard paper. The tower had to hold a can of beans for 60 seconds without collapsing. The group with the tallest structure using the least amount of pages to withstand the can for 60 seconds, would be declared the winner. Veronica and Bella had the tallest structure at 120 cm, using only 16 sheets of paper!

Senior School Spring Maker Faire

Congratulations to our students in Engineering and ADST 8/9 for their second Maker Faire this year.

There was a buzz in the Senior School hallways on the first, second, and third floors, as students and staff explored the designs. One of the most inspiring parts of the exhibition was the students’ reflections on their learning processes.

Featured on the first floor were Projects from Engineering 11 which this term focussed on meeting needs in our community. Projects addressed the need for shelter for many people in Vancouver without a place to sleep at night. Others came out of research into environmental issues such as oil spills, plastic waste, alternative power sources, and alternative housing. 

Second-floor projects highlighted the work from ADST 9 this term. Some students explored solutions to issues related to life with COVID such as a digital health check-in for students entering the building and an automated table sprayer. Other projects evolved from a sense of curiosity; “Can I build a working mini drone from scratch?” “Can we hack a video game tutorial to make it two-player?”

The third floor presented a wide range of creative design ideas from our ADST 8 students. Students developed unique solutions to needs they found at home and at school including laptop stands, a device to help hold a book with one hand, a 3D printed measuring cube for the kitchen, an acoustic phone amplifier, a touchless spinning food tray, and much much more. 

The Maker Faire is the culmination of months of thoughtful work to enable student-driven inquiry, experimentation, and design.

We invite you to view some of the showcased projects through this interactive experience: