|It isn't called the Navy Yard for nothing!|
So I showed the students our 5 minute video (thanks Aliya!) and let the questions fly. "How does that work?" "What happens to gravity?" "How can I do that?" "Cool!"
|If high school students can build this car as part of an after school club, imagine what they can do if they have a school devoted to real-world projects.|
Then our conversation headed towards the fact that a regular school, a normal school, does not accept failure. Grades, GPA, SAT scores, quizes, tests, and so on are how students are measured and there is no room for mistakes. But their school, with the curriculum centered on real-world research projects, not only allow mistakes but actually requires failure. (Just like life, according to one of the students. Told you they were wise...) We talked about how a good research project can only succeed if there is room for mistakes. And if you don't fail, your project is too simple and probably not very interesting. From there we headed to the main idea, that the hard part is not getting frustrated when you fail or to not cut corners when you are under a time constraint. Instead, you must be open to the failure, and learning from it. The students got that instantly, and embraced it. Wow.
|Simon Hauger, Lead Teacher of the school, |
Principal, and the driving force (pun intended).
I couldn't think of a better compliment.
(Thanks to Nick Guilbert, Director of Sustainability at The Peddie School for the photographs.)