To Contact This Program
Bridges to the Future Cooperative Creators Club
P.O. Box 949
Flint, MI 48501
Students work in groups of two to build objects using items like old telephones‚ VCRs‚ and light fixtures donated by parents or purchased inexpensively from a second-hand shop. Each group writes a story explaining what their object is and what it can do. The groups present their story orally to the entire class. Next‚ five groups of 2 form a new team of 10 and build a new object using all five creations. They design and build a new object together write another report and present it to the rest of the class.
Number of Students Involved in This Activity: 30
Range of Student Ages: Nine to twelve years old
Duration of Activity: One hour per day for eight weeks
Relevant Contextual or Demographic Information: Urban elementary
What is the academic content of this activity?
When students select their parts‚ they are using scientific techniques such as identification (which pieces fit together to make some mechanical device in the end)‚ planning‚ and experimentation. Literacy is linked through the writings and oral presentations.
How does this activity create strong relationships?
Because one adult leader works with each team of 10 students‚ opportunities are open for close adult interaction. By design‚ students are always working in pairs or in their team of 10 which bonds them based on one of the objects of teamwork.
What opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
The entire process is open to decision-making and creative thinking. Each pair of students has to work together to decide which pieces they want to use.
What student leadership opportunities are there?
Leadership opportunities are present both in the pair portion and the team portion. It is inevitable that some students will be the lead thinkers and some students will be the lead decision-makers.