The 5th graders have been hard at work learning the names and locations of the 50 states. Students are learning what tools and tricks are helpful for them as learners, and graphing their personal daily progress. For the first time ever, with the addition of our new Design Lab laser cutter, students were able to design and create a customized puzzle as a study tool. Each small group of students had many decisions to make…What material should we use? What do we want the base of our puzzle to look like? Where do we want to write the state names or abbreviations? If we want words on the backs of the puzzle pieces, how do we design a template for that? Once students created templates for their puzzle base and pieces, the amazing Kent Chapple went to work with the laser cutter, turning their templates into actual puzzles! Kids were so excited to see their designs come to life. We’re all looking forward to implementing more design thinking into our learning with the addition of our new Design Lab opening Fall of 2017!