Thursday morning was our first step in Clarksville Academy’s inaugural, year long Challenge Based Learning (CBL) program. Students in grades 9-12 were first introduced to the idea of CBL and discovered how they would have a chance to create a Challenge and work towards a Solution to a real-world problem. The basis of the challenges this year will revolve around “Improving Clarksville”.
CBL encourages the development of 21st Century Skills, helping students gain the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century workplace and society. 21st Century Skills include: collaboration, cooperation, communication, creativity, organization, problem solving, self direction, social responsibility, and technology fluency.
To help students think about group cooperation and collaboration, students participated in a “Spaghetti-Marshmallow Tower” Challenge. Students had 2 minutes to plan, then 5 minutes to construct the tallest, freestanding tower using only mini marshmallows and raw spaghetti. In the end, two groups tied in the five minute challenge with a 26” tower each.
Finally, the students were introduced to the Big Ideas and Essential Questions that will be posed. They had the opportunity to sign up for the topic that interests them the most. Our Big Ideas include Health, Sustainability, Culture, and Lifestyle.
Please watch the CBL blog for updates on the students’ progress throughout the year. Our kickoff is coming soon– Friday, September 21!! Stay tuned!!