This week we share the culminating event and reflections of this wonderfully relevant and engaging learning adventure of our Grade 7 students: the “Unkown Place”, a Science Showcase and Art Exhibition at ISP.
“In class, we learn that science is a method used to learn about the world around us, and art provides us with tools to record this world and express our thoughts, emotions and wonderings about it. During our journey into “The Unknown Place”, these two equally important, and very human achievements, have been combined.”
Jaden, G7 Student
Please listen to this interview with Mr. Hannam (science) and Mr. Dimitrov (art) as they share their hopes and reflections on this new integrated unit.
“At the start of this unit we were told by Mr Hannam and Mr Dimitrov that we must become an expert in an aspect of the natural world that is vital yet misunderstood, taken for granted, or even ignored.”
Aviv, G7 Student
Investigating the “unseen” parts of our ecosystem that are absolutely critical to our survival yet we often take for granted was the context for this Grade 7 ecological inquiry. Nurturing their curiosity about the amazing national forest surrounding ISP, learners then let that curiosity drive in-depth scientific learning and creative inquiry into how best to communicate this scientific knowledge to the ISP community.
From the artist’s point of view, Mr. Dimitrov, MS Arts
We aimed to closely observe the complexity of ecosystems and as an artist convey an idea / concept through both our choice of medium and the content.
We were inquiring into what art strategy (e.g. scale, re-frame, juxtapose etc.) to use to convey that information. We explored the layers of expression, trying to deepen our abstract thinking while still staying curious about our area of focus.
From the scientist’s point of view, Mr. Hannam, Grade 7 & 8 science
We aimed to explore how models of ecosystems represent the complex relationships and types of interactions in a system.
We Investigated the cause and effect relationships and interactions necessary for the transfer of energy in an ecosystem.
Inquired into the relationships and interactions impacting the Dvoka Sarka ecosystem.
Powerful learning happens when passionate teachers coupled with curious students are able to share their learning with our wider community.
For those of you who were unable to see the exhibition at ISP, you can experience below a few highlights of students’ projects (check out the QR codes for more information):