Vision for Learning News
At the start of the fall semester, Upper School French teacher Lauren Upadhyay approached Design and Engineering Coordinator Thomas Cooper and Upper School Director of Academic Technology Conway Brackett with a simple question: could the Maker Space help my French V Honors class learn about the Francophone world? Lauren was eager for her students to have a different sort of educational experience, one that would bring them out of the classroom and require them to confront the types of challenges they might encounter in the workplace. While language classes develop vital communication and collaboration skills, she was curious about how a project in the Maker Space might allow her class to use these competencies while acquiring basic tech skills. Inspired by the French V Honors curriculum, which covers themes related to the cultural heritage of the Francophone world and to science and technology, the French Monuments Project was born. This project allowed students to delve into a historical event in the Francophone world and consider how monuments serve as reminders of history and reflections of the communities in which they are placed.
Watch the video below to see and hear a tour of the students' monuments: