Melisa Christensen

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Playground Re-Design

Goals: Students learned that designers play a large role in the creation of many man-made objects. They learned that form and function are important when designing for humans.

Objectives: Students observed the current playground design and sketched 4 parts from observation, noting materials and how the design functions.

We warmed up by looking around the classroom for something that was NOT designed by someone. It was a tough challenge: a plant and arguably us, human. Then we headed outside to observe something that students know so well: their playground. I think they saw it in a new light as they sketched and tried to figure out the science between the design choices of the playground designer.