BSS in Action
Talk about perfect timing. When the Grade 7 students at BSS were encouraged to stretch their thinking, explore their creativity and make connections beyond the classroom they were able to build their own mechanical clocks. Each piece was designed to represent the student’s personal identity in the form of a time piece. When the projects were completed they were curated to form the What Makes You Tick? exhibition, an exploration of mathematics currently on display at the Ontario Science Centre, through to September 2013. To learn more about the project and the students’ learning, watch the video below.
What makes you tick?
Investigations with LEGO gears and discoveries with fractions and ratios were the foundational beginnings; then each girl moved forward with her own creation. From timing the waxing and waning of the moon, to measuring the grass growing under their feet, in only a few months of math classes each student developed her own unique time piece.
Problem-solving was the central theme as students deciphered how the number of teeth of the meshing gears affected the number of rotations of those gears.
As designers, they not only drew upon their knowledge of fractions and ratios, but measurement, unit conversion, the use of space and the mathematics of circles.
After only a couple months of investigations, the students were successful in applying their mathematical knowledge and teachers saw them begin to see mathematics as a vital part of their everyday lives and a way to help them understand the world. They were invited to set-up their creations in the Weston Family Innovation Centre.