Thursday, September 22, 2011

Beach Umbrella Challenge

This was a very tricky engineering project in the guise of a beach umbrella. Very few students were capable of following all the directions and creating the umbrella, but those who did showed me that they could go on to high school and college with some major building skills.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Chair Building Challenge

Students in some classes needed much more structure for many logistical reasons. I created building areas that were large but contained with invisible barriers to prevent students from wandering off. The chair challenge would show me who could be trusted to stay focused and given more privileges. (See video below) 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Getting Started on the Grid Again

Every new school year I have the fun of teaching newbies how to rez prims (create primitive shapes from their avatar building menu) and turn those into furniture, houses, and more. It is a slightly chaotic but fun experience for everyone. I go in after class to clean up the mess, but I love having an environment like this where kids can build to their hearts content. It's like a never ending set of Legos! (See video below)