Our fourth grade student architects recently welcomed family members to an open house showcasing their Model Home Project.
An excellent example of inquiry and project-based learning, students incorporated math, science, writing and technology as they worked in small groups to design and build model houses with working light fixtures and switches.
They met with a local architect and were given a $100,000 budget to plan their homes according to code in a process from blueprints through construction.Through trial, error and experimentation, students became experts on electrical circuits and building light fixtures from a variety of materials including various conductors and insulators. They even created real estate sales brouchures to advertise their new homes.
An important part of the project was being able to demonstrate the depth of their learning through public presentation. Visitors had the opportunity to ask students about their process in building their house, how they came up with specific ideas, how they problem-solved when something was challenging, and what their favorite elements were of the house they created.