We met in the Presidio to share our prototypes with each other. After an exuberant greeting, the 7th graders first shared their field guides with the 2nd graders. They showed them their work, explained how it was specifically designed and tailored to meet each boy’s needs. For example, some included graphics, illustrations, or were organized differently. The 2nd graders tested them out by using the to identify plants in the park. They shared feedback using safe terminology, “I notice” and “I wonder”. Then we swapped and the 2nd graders got to share their designs for bird awareness with the 7th graders. These had a more open form, taking shape in the way of apps, books, signs, and games. The 2nd graders were beaming with pride as their buddies listened attentively and gave encouraging feedback. They then discussed possible next steps for refining and producing their prototype.
During this weeklong challenge, the boys felt engaged (cheering when they saw designing in our schedule!), focused (deliberate in their work), empathetic (honing on their specific buddy’s needs), and creative (generating ideas upon ideas upon ideas). We are looking forward to our next cross-grade collaboration in the winter: redesigning the cable car experience!