The topic this week was Enterprise. We started the session by discussing bridges, where we’ve seen them, who uses them, why they use them and so on. Once we’d established the purpose and meaning of bridges I set the task that I’d researched from www.kleward.com
Using only one roll of Selotape and 2 broadsheet newspapers the students had to make a free-standing bridge that spans over 1 foot, is high enough to roll a roll of selotape under it and is strong enough to take the weight of a coffee jar filled with water.
This team building exercise provided a great opportunity to see the creative skills and imagination of the students and how they responded to the challenge. We discussed how it would be possible to strengthen the newspaper to make it stronger and we set clear rules about what students could and couldn’t do – i.e. you can’t selotape the bridge to the table.
The constructions proved to be very interesting.
After I had encouraged the students to refelct on their participation, achievements and learning we discussed where the ideas had come from.
One student said they had come from his mind. This was the link in to inventions and creativity that I was looking for.
We then watched a short video about inventions from the 80’s – Best inventions of the 80's and visited this amazing site that shows the ever growing web-based media world social media count
We completed the session by discussing the many inventions that we benefit from, living in the modern world.