The aim of this learning was to design prototypes that would help to protect native wildlife, and create innovative solutions for problems caused by invasive predators.
Working in small groups, students began the design process. In reading, they looked at many different technological innovations and saw how they can have a positive impact. Looking at how simple, yet effective technology can make a difference, they were eager to create their own. After identifying the pros and cons of current methods of pest control, students planned to make predator-free solutions for our local environment.
Using wood, cardboard, clay, nails, and a whole lot of hot glue, the designs took shape. Constructing the prototypes proved to be an enjoyable and engaging hands-on learning experience. Some groups had to return to their designing books and reflect on what was working and what wasn’t, as some of their big ideas were too complicated. This problem solving was an integral part of the process, as they encountered difficulties, and had to work together to find solutions.
Working through this process highlighted the importance of collaborating to develop solutions that will help to protect our native wildlife. As a class, Room 2 thinks that through innovation and problem solving a predator-free 2050 is possible.