Stu­dents ex­plore ener­gy

Le Messager La Salle - - LOCAL NEWS - DA­VID COX

EDU­CA­TION. Com­bi­ning the abi­li­ties they lear­ned du­ring their In­ter­na­tio­nal Bac­ca­lau­reate Pri­ma­ry Years Pro­gram (IB-PYP), grade 6 stu­dents of the Chil­dren’s World Aca­de­my (CWA) are pre­sen­ting this week an ex­hi­bi­tion about how hu­mans share ener­gy around the world.

This unit of in­qui­ry, the in-depth ex­plo­ra­tion of a concept, took the pro­ject to a new le­vel. Men­to­red by their tea­cher, small groups in­ves­ti­ga­ted va­rious forms of ener­gy and how it is pro­du­ced in dif­ferent places around the globe. Stu­dents re­sear­ched to be able to dis­play the in­for­ma­tion in the ex­hi­bi­tion in a vi­sual way.

They de­ve­lo­ped their pro­jects around themes of equal op­por­tu­ni­ty to ac­cess ener­gy, conser­va­tion and consu­mers’ res­pon­si­bi­li­ty to­wards ener­gy.

«The stu­dents have been wor­king ve­ry hard. Some on so­lar ener­gy, others on elec­tric cars, sta­tic elec­tri­ci­ty, hy­droe­lec­tri­ci­ty, gas dand nu­clear,» ex­plains tea­cher Ta­nia D’ales­san­dro.

PRO­CESS

Be­fore eve­ry unit of in­qui­ry, tea­chers and an IB co­or­di­na­tor en­gage in a brains­tor­ming ses­sion for ideas about new pro­jects. The re­sults be­come a plan that in­cludes lear­ning ob­jec­tives, tools and stra­te­gies for the tea­chers to fol­low.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is the culmi­na­tion of the IB PYP Pro­gram. «Th­rou­ghout the pro­ject, stu­dents de­mons­trate the five es­sen­tial ele­ments of the pro­gram: know­ledge, concepts, skills, at­ti­tudes and ac­tion. It is a trans­dis­ci­pli­na­ry in­qui­ry pro­cess where stu­dents choose a real life glo­bal or lo­cal is­sue and col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve­ly work to­ge­ther to de­mons­trate how they can take ac­tion as a re­sult of their lear­ning,» D’ales­san­dro ex­plains.

Stu­dents are en­cou­ra­ged to pick to­pics that ins­pire them to make a dif­fe­rence in the world. Choo­sing what they are in­ter­es­ted in al­lows the stu­dents to be more connec­ted to their school­work. The goal is to fos­ter a de­sire to learn. The ex­hi­bi­tion of their fin­dings will be shown on Thurs­day Fe­brua­ry 8 from 3 pm to 5:30 pm.

Kids’ Coo­king: Va­len­tine Hearts

In this class, chil­dren will learn to heart-sha­ped chi­cken hand pies, ca­prese sa­lad with moz­za­rel­la hearts, and mi­ni le­mon chee­se­cakes with rasp­ber­ry sauce. Re­quires 24-hour ad­vance re­gis­tra­tion and is $15 per per­son. On Fe­brua­ry 10, from 10 am to 12 pm at Pro­vi­go Lasalle, 6767 New­man Blvd. Infos: 514 364-7168.

Todd­ler Coo­king: Mexi­can Ins­pi­ra­tion

You and your lit­tle ones will have fun chi­cken fa­ji­ta soup and ea­sy fried ice cream. Re­quires 24-hour ad­vance re­gis­tra­tion and is $10 per per­son. On Fe­brua­ry 17, from 10 am to 12 pm at Pro­vi­go Lasalle, 6767 New­man Blvd. Infos: 514 364-7168.

(Photo: Cour­te­sy – Chil­dren’s World Aca­de­my)

Wor­king in groups, grade 6 stu­dents ex­plore ener­gy use around the world for their In­ter­na­tio­nal Bac­ca­lau­reate fi­nal pro­ject.

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