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New Course in Middle School
Mary Swanson, Middle School Learning Support Teacher

Imagine an exploratory course where LEGOs, futuristic fashion, and real-world engineering are part of the curriculum. This will be a reality for many ASM middle school students with three new exploratory courses being offered in the 2020/21 school year. 

 

Imagine an exploratory course where LEGOs, futuristic fashion, and real-world engineering are part of the curriculum. This will be a reality for many ASM middle school students with three new exploratory courses being offered in the 2020/21 school year. 

Ideate for Lego will begin in the second trimester and be taught by 7th grade Science teacher Jennifer Parker. Conceptual Art, which started in the first trimester and will continue in the second and third trimester, is taught by middle school Art teacher Mary Swanson. Science and Design will begin in the third trimester and will be taught by new 8th grade Science teacher Doug Peterson.

The new Ideate for Lego class will follow the design cycle to create fun and exciting LEGO set ideas by engaging students with quick builds and LEGO building challenges. The culminating projects created in the course will give students an opportunity to 3D print part of their set idea and create a marketing pitch to send to LEGO Ideas at the end of the term.

Conceptual Art engages students' creative sides by exploring themes and ideas with non-traditional art materials. Students will gain insight into how to think and create like artists by exploring the ideas behind concept art while developing a series of works that pertain to each students’ personal ideas, feelings, and style. Some of the lessons include sculpting with recycled materials, creating wearable art, and constructing ephemeral pieces with food. 

Science and Design’s curriculum will advance student thinking with real-world scenarios. This course will encourage students to study the differences and commonalities like real-world scientists and engineers. Students will focus on the real-world problem of transporting people, using energy efficiency and passenger comfort and safety as they learn how to use the engineering design process to address the needs of society. 

Photographs of Jennifer Parker taken by 7th-grade Ambassador Ana Vilar
Photographs of Conceptual Art students taken by Mary Swanson
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