Our Student Council sponsored an event on Friday to support critical and creative thinking. Grade 5 chose to randomly mix our three classes into groups of three, give them each a bucket of various materials, and see what they could create collaboratively! The directions were very opened ended. The only requirement was to have a goal to reach in terms of the end product. We had groups that made robots, another made a playground, and one made an automatic baby food feeder complete with written instructions and a video demonstrating how to use it. The conversations throughout the hour were focused on helping each other and sharing the vision. We’ve saved the creations and are pondering how we might use them in another collaboration.