Kinetic Sculptures in Ms. Fry’s Digital Art Class

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Ms. Fry has been working with 5th graders over the last few weeks to have them construct interactive sculptures using a variety of media, including Little Bits circuits. She had the students work in teams and gave them one additional constraint: design and execute their sculpture in one class period. Here is a very interesting article on how architects and engineers view constraints – not as obstacles, rather as gateways to deeper resourcefulness and innovative thinking.

This assignment is a perfect example of Design Thinking in action. As you can see in the image below, students experience each phase of the design thinking process in creating their pieces: Empathize (with each other’s ideas), Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test.

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Please listen to the students themselves describe their design process, and how they worked through challenges, in our most recent edition of our CougarCast.

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