Celebrating STEM through Gesher's Invention Convention
What does it take to become an Engineer? The Gesher students have spent the past two months learning about the design process in science class as they followed the steps to devise and construct their own inventions. The students were tasked with identifying a problem they (or others) face in life and devising a unique idea that did not already exist to solve this problem. The students worked for several weeks creating their inventions and designing a board to display the process of their work. Some inventions included: magnetic pencil box, a band to hold your shoelaces together, a pencil sharpener that dispenses the shavings straight to the garbage, and a lockable tablet case.
Last week students had the opportunity to present their ideas to judges, peers, and parents at the Invention Convention. Eric Schneider and Jake Mendelssohn came as guest judges to listen and give feedback to each presenter. Some questions they asked to probe the students in their creative process included:
"Did you consider trying other materials?"
"What worked well?"
"What challenges did you have?"
"How can you improve your product?"
"How much would you sell your product for and where?"
The students showed tremendous confidence in their work when responding to these questions, and they took suggestions well. Click HERE to see photos of the students with their innovative ideas!