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Issue 16, Winter 2017
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The House That Built Me,
   Michelle Jaconette
Little Bits Of Magic,
   Enrique Lugo
Who Killed The Pd Day?,
   Cameron Paterson
Engineering A Mindset: Exploring An Elementary Engineering Classroom,
   Zoë Randall
Diverse By Design,
   Nicole Tempel Assisi
Executive Function And The Provenance Of Patience,
   Claire King


1: Human Impacts on Local Wildlife
2: Steampunk Revolution
3: Design Challenge: Recycling Center
4: Bonapartism
5: Bacteria and You
6: Liberty Station: Then and Now
7: The Dream Project
8: Healthy Me
9: The Force of Friction: What Moves Objects? What Moves People?
10: Big Ideas from Small Creatures
11: The Making of the Modern Teen
12: Faces of South County
13: Ideas That Changed the World
14: 3-Acts

Ideas That Changed the World

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Inspired by the way that World’s Fairs bring visitors into a vision for the future, Fourth Grade students recreated a World’s Fair, complete with their own working inventions and a large-scale model of a city of the future. This exhibition at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park also helped to celebrate the centennial of Balboa Park. For this project, students researched current problems of today and designed innovations to make our future better. Among the innovations was a city plan that included alternative energy, smart growth, and innovative infrastructure. As part of the project, students presented project proposals to experts such as city planners, transportation planners, and environmental advocates. In addition, students created working prototypes of inventions to help with mobility, environmental issues, hunger, poverty, and water issues, and informational posters and flyers for their inventions.

Teacher Reflection
This ambitious project shows how we should never underestimate children’s potential. The quality of student work, and their level of professionalism in presenting to experts, families, and the general public was amazing. The depth of learning was evident in the way students transformed knowledge about our world today to create something new.

Student Reflections
It felt good to present my work to family and strangers to get feedback and to put it out there. —Asher

The most challenging thing was making everything work as expected. I can do that by taking more time and testing more often. —Ally

About the Invention Cycle: I learned that it is very challenging, and you fail a lot. The most exciting part for me was seeing it finally work. —Heather

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