Thursday, December 14, 2017 marked the Middle School's first "Design Day" for the 2017-2018 academic year. Students spent the day participating in various design challenges and activities. Highlights of the day included:
- "Seismic Shake-up" Activity: 7th and 8th graders were challenged to design a structure that could survive an earthquake using only coffee stirrers and clay. Students had to test their structures by simulating an earthquake with a handmade "shake table".
- "NASA Touchdown" Activity: 5th and 6th graders were tasked to design, build, and test a shock-absorbing spacecraft with only a plastic cup and a handful of office supplies. The catch? The spacecraft must survive a one foot drop without launching the "astronauts" (in this case, two marshmallows) into space!
- Guest Speaker Ken Rolston: Middle School students and staff spent part of the afternoon transfixed by internationally-celebrated game designer Ken Rolston. Ken discussed the history of his career, the importance of failure, and his advice for what entails a good game design. Many thanks to Ken Rolston for coming to Red Oaks!
Check out highlights from Design Day in the gallery above!