Innovation Station Opens at Irving Elementary School

Innovation Station Opens at Irving Elementary School
Posted on 01/15/2019
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Students at Irving Elementary School are excited to work in a newly configured space designed solely to promote problem-solving and collaboration. “Our Innovation Station is a place where students can work in groups to explore ideas and create solutions,” explains Principal, Chris Gosch.

The Innovation Station is located next to the school library and is a wide open space where students can brainstorm and build things.

Innovation Coach, Andrew Thompson, explains, “The Innovation Station is a room with a wall of dry erase boards students can use to construct ideas. It’s a large space that allows students to spread out and complete tasks.”
  

Each month, groups of students will be presented with a challenge that involves finding and constructing a solution. For example, in December, Mr. Dreske’s 
 a “confetti and Ms. Miller’s second and third grade students were asked to design a launcher.”

Working in groups, they brainstormed their ideas about how a confetti launcher functions. Then teachers gave each group a bag of supplies such as popsicle sticks, rubber bands, a wooden spool, a straw, string, cardboard, and confetti.

Students worked together to create their best design prototype. After each group demonstrated their launcher, students gave each other feedback during a circle discussion.

“We are focused on deeper learning at Irving,” said Gosch, “The process of identifying the task or problem then brainstorming, designing, building, and testing, and solutions is something our students need to learn how to do collaboratively. When students communicate and collaborate, they apply their new learning. They are building the skills they will need to be college and career ready. Our Innovation Station fosters curiosity, creativity and in a setting that is highly engaging for students.”