Thursday March 10, 2016

08:30am Arrival and Trifold Gallery Walk

08:45am Review of the Cohort Agenda

08:50am Empathy Interview in partners: Student engagement, project support, working with community partners...

  • What went well and why?
  • What was the hardest part and what did you try?
  • What did you learn about engineering?
  • What did you learn or affirm about instructional design?

09:10am Develop a Outline of your classroom journey, curate best images onto your learning story draft

09:45am Critique and Revision with your interview partner

10:00am Co-Construct Caption Criteria: What makes an effective caption? Description? Knowledge commons brainstorm
                Exemplar 1: National Geographic photo of the day
                Exemplar 2: Gever Tulley on Instagram

10:20am Draft Captions and Descriptions on your learning story draft

10:40am Coffee Break

10:55am Critique and Revision

11:15am Introduction to LucidPress to build your Class Learning Journey Poster in LucidPress

12:00pm Lunch Provided

12:45pm Learning Journey Poster - Critique & Revision 

1:00pm  Scaffolding Docents

1:15pm  Plan for Exhibition
- Transportation
- Project Numbers and Delivery
- Layout at Telus Spark
- Student expectations, supervision and signing out
Student Posters

2:00pm Trifold / Timeline 
- Reflection & Curation of Photos
- Development of Titles & Captions
- Scaffold LucidPress Poster Building
- Docent Preparation & Practice
- Critique & Revision

3:00pm Critique & Revision

3:30pm Departure

Telus Spark Exhibition Tuesday April 5, 2016

3:00pm Spark Table Set-up, poster preparation and display

3:00pm Telus Spark Loading dock ready for large project delivery via uHaul, or school organized means

5:10- 5:30pm Staggered Bus arrival from schools at Telus Spark
- Event team will meet the bus and escort classes to their exhibition areas

5:30- 6:00pm  Students final assembly of their display and preparation for public

6:00pm- 7:00pm Exhibition open to public

7:00pm Exhibition Closed and Cleanup

7:15pm Buses Depart to return to school
- Student sign out process for those leaving with parents

Exhibition Resources

Engineering Challenge EVENT POSTER

RVS Engineering Challenge Event Poster

Engineering Challenge STUDENT POSTER - 24 x 32

Engineering Challenge Student Poster Template


Engineering PreChallenge

In eighteen minutes, teams must build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow needs to be on top.

30 Minutes: Instructions for the Marshmallow Challenge

15 Minutes: using the habits of mind of engineers, students will reflect on the activity and their participation on the design team.

Be sure to create a "knowledge commons" in your classroom (bulletin board, trifold, wall space, window) to share and document individual reflections on the engineering mindsets to become classroom or group understanding.

Reflection Prompts: 
What is important when working with a team to design an engineering solution to a problem?
Which of the Engineering Habits of Mind was the most important in the Marshmallow Challenge?
What would you do differently next time?
Sketch your design and annotate showing your strategies and material decisions.

Conduct the challenge multiple times with documentation and reflection on the Engineering Process and the Engineering Habits of Mind.

Friday Jan 15, 2016

08:30am Arrival and Complete the Project Introduction

08:35am Welcome

08:50am Reflection on the Marshmallow Challenge: How can I use the Engineering Cycle?

  • What went well and why?
  • What was the hardest part and what did you try?
  • What did you learn about engineering?
  • What did you learn or affirm about instructional design?

09:05am Knowledge Commons Posting: What does it mean to think like an engineer? 

09:15am Introduction to the Teacher Design Challenge and the Engineering Design Cycle

09:25am Identify needs and constraints

09:50am Documentation and Reflection: Intro to Selphy Station, Process Documentation trifold

10:00am Break

10:15am iSearch Inquiry and Imagine Possible Design Solutions with photography and Selphy printing

10:40am Reflection and Knowledge Commons Post

11:00am Introduction to Design ConstraintsShop, space, materials, safety and RVS policy

11:15am Imagine: Develop possible solutions to the design challenge and Plan a promising solution with documentation and Selphy printing. Critique and Revision: Share your Plan with experts/ peers/ or students. Redesign as needed.

12:00pm Lunch Provided

12:15pm Prototype and test the design. Improve the design as needed with documentation and Selphy printing.

2:45pm Reflection and Knowledge Commons Post

3:00pm Departure and Develop your Challenge thinking chart


Jan 18, 2016

08:30am  Coffee, add to the Knowledge Commons Board and  Engineering Challenge Ideation
08:45am Complete documentation and reflect on Instructional Design for the Engineering Challenge
09:10am Knowledge Commons Post
09:15am Soft Pitch your challenge idea
09:30am Draft your Challenge question, Post Community Partners and Assemble your Learning Journey Trifold
09:45am Learning Journey Build Time- Make it for Everyone (Learner Steps, Tools, Protocols and Deliverables)
10:25 am Break
10:40 am Critical Friends - Make it for Everyone (Give a tool or protocol, Ask a coaching question, Steal an idea for your design)
11:15 am Learning Journey Build Time
12:00 am Lunch Provided
12:30 pm Learning Journey Build Time
01:15 pm Make it Visible Conversation
01:30 pm Critical Friends Fishbowl- Make it Visible
01:50 pm Learning Journey Build Time and To Do List Creation
02:15 pm Tool Time Protocol - Rapid tool creation
02:40 pm Tool Commons
02:50 pm Learning Journey Build Time
03:15 pm Next Steps

  • Class Visits
  • Data we need from you
  • Teacher Challenge Artifact Ordering
  • March 10th - Communicate the design story (prepare for exhibition)
  • Exhibition (Bussing, Transporting Artifacts, Invites)

03:30 pm Next Steps

Group A


Group B


Group C


Group D


Group E


Group F


Group G


Group H


Group I


Cohort Administrator Information


Teachers will be supported to design, teach and tell the story of a Project Based Learning unit.
Teachers will "do the project" themselves on the first design day and create a temporary makercart or makerspace for their classroom.
Sub Release: the learning department has budgeted for two teachers from each school to attend the instructional design cohorts. Additional teachers registered will have release charged to the school. Teachers have been provided the appropriate instructions. Those to be charged to the learning department will utilize the provided GL code.

Students will design and build a creative engineering solution to a unique community problem.
Students will uncover curriculum using the engineering design cycle.
Students will document and reflect on 21C competencies.
Students will exhibit the product they create AND a professionally printed poster board that chronicles their design process.

Parents will be invited to the exhibition of learning at Telus Spark.

Admin Support Needed:

Instructional Leadership Support
Please connect with the teacher(s) from your school throughout the cohort experience (Jan-Design; Feb/Mar- Teaching; April- Exhibition). Teachers may require encouragement, clearing of the path at the school level and connection to the 21C team support.

Leadership Learning Opportunity
Please consider visiting students at varying stages of the process to observe student engagement, PBL and as a prototype to reflect on initiatives you are undertaking as a part of your SEP.

F1(c) Non Standard Items in schools
Please work with your HBO to approve or reject "maker cart/ maker space" items as required by F1(c) Non Standard Items in schools procedure.

Bussing and Permission for Exhibition
Please coordinate bussing and Field Trip Permission for the student exhibition with the teacher(s) in your school. The learning department is providing a bussing subsidy of $200 per class of students. The remaining bussing costs may either be charged to students or school pay. You may combine bussing with other schools where possible. Schools involved: West- Glenbow, Mitford, CCA, Manachaban, Cochrane High, Airdrie- Ralph McCall, AE Bowers, Airdrie Middle, Herons Crossing, Ecole Edwards, CW Perry, East- Langdon, Rainbow Creek, Kathryn.

Transportation of Student work to Exhibition
Please coordinate the transportation of student work to Telus Spark for exhibition with the teacher(s) from your school. Depending on the size of the student work you may or may require additional transportation solutions.

Making Learning Visible
Please work with the teacher(s) from your school to invite parents and other stakeholders from your community to the Exhibition of student learning. Consider how the communication tools you use at your school could support making learning visible in this project.