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Rigamajigs and Thingamabobs
Rigamajigs and Thingamabobs

First graders engage their inner engineers

First graders, the newest class on the Bearss Avenue Campus, recently discovered that there are whosits and whatsits galore in the Lower School DREAM Lab!

As part of their “Go Team! Working Together” International Baccalaureate Unit of Inquiry, first grade students are learning to work together as a class community, taking on roles and responsibilities and relying on one another’s strengths while participating in conflict resolution. The students put the concept of working together to the test last week in the DREAM Lab, a hands-on space where they are able to Discover, Research, Explore, Act and Make a Difference.

Mrs. Tanya Layton, Lower School Innovation Specialist, read to the students Rosie Revere, Engineer, an engaging book about Rosie, a young schoolgirl who seems quiet during the day, but at night becomes an inventor of various gadgets, with dreams of becoming a great engineer. She learns that frustration and failure is part of the creative process, and one only truly fails if one quits.

After listening to the book, the first graders unpacked the Rigamajig set in the DREAM Lab and investigated all of the pieces together. They learned how to take turns and how to work together safely, all while showing consideration for each other’s ideas. The teachers were amazed by the creativity of their young engineers!

See the whosits and whatsits inspired by the Rigamajig:

The Go Team! Working Together unit is part of the IB Primary Years Programme Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Organize Ourselves. Throughout the PYP (taught to children ages three – fifth grade), the transdisciplinary themes focus on issues that span subject areas. How We Organize Ourselves is an inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making, economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.


Thank you to Michelle Cáceres for contributing this article.