On January 23 and February 12 Creekview students, in partnership with volunteers from Honda of America, participated in two cognitive design challenges. Our fifth graders worked on a Ping Pong Challenge, and our 6th graders partook in the Ant Trap Challenge.
In this design structure, our Creekview students worked in small groups that were facilitated by our Honda partners. The groups were presented with a “cognitive problem” or “challenge” and then worked collaboratively to come up with solutions. Fifth graders were tasked to find an effective way to stack ping pong balls as high as possible. Once stacked, the challenge was to place a feather on the top of the stack without touching the feather. Our 6th graders had to design and build an ant trap using PVC. The challenge; the trap had to allow an ant to enter and not escape. Both groups could only use the materials given for the task
Kim Miller, from Honda’s Logistic Department, prepared the Challenges and orchestrated the event. She coordinated volunteers, assembled materials and facilitated both programs for our Creekview students. The Challenges were tasks that Kim has used as training tools with some of the Honda employees in the past. The Honda volunteers were astonished at how effectively our students worked together to problem-solve. In some cases, our students did better than the adults in finding solutions to the problems. In summation, this was a wonderful activity (problem-solving, critical-thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity) and an authentic learning experience for our student-body. Thank you Kim Miller and Honda of America for your volunteerism and your commitment to our Marysville students. Proud to be a Monarch!