My son decided to make a slingshot the other day. He disappeared for a while and showed up with this. He’s six. It’s not rocket science and it’s not perfect. That’s not the point. I love the spirit that drove him. He believes he can make things. He thought about the parts he’d need, what they should do and then he just did it1. I’d love for our classrooms to foster that kind of thinking and independence, that ability to make things you’re interested in.
Now we’re going to use it and I’m going to see what changes when he makes on his next slingshot.
1 This can be a little annoying if you care about things that happen to become components but we’ve got those lines fairly well defined now.