Bassett Elementary fourth-grade students visited Scott Kutz’s and Adam Purdy’s Technology & Engineering classrooms at Westlake High School recently to participate in hands-on activities and expand their knowledge of how and what makers can create.
The visit was part of a capstone celebration of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, in which students develop an Exhibition project to showcase their learning and interests.
Leah Burke’s fourth-grade class chose to focus on the central idea “Making can affect everyday life.” Throughout this extended inquiry, students brainstormed, questioned, researched, listened to speakers, experimented and took action on their ideas. The visit to WHX helped them expand on their ideas.
WHS TechMates Club members and Know Your Home classes mentored the fourth graders to build birdhouses. Lowe’s supplied the lumber for the project.
They also provided demonstrations on robotics, architecture, design, additive manufacturing technology, laser engraving, computer graphics, airbrushing and other engineering tools. The collaboration was intended to broaden students’ perspectives on the potential to affect everyday life and inspire them for the future.
Attending the MAKE event was State Board of Education member Lisa Woods, Westlake Board of Education member Dr. Carol Winter, Superintendent Dr. Scott Goggin, Associate Superintendent of Instruction Kathi Maxwell, Director of Academic Services Alex Fleming, WHS Principal Paul Wilson, Technology Director Pete Zagray, computer technician Eric Tedder and network technician Patrick Furlong.