Design Cycle Challenge

Design Cycle Challenge

This week, KIS suspends regularly scheduled academic programmes for a school-wide Design Cycle Challenge (DCC) week.  Mixed teams (Grade 6-10) join together to research, design, market, and fly balsa wood airplanes.  This is an annual tradition at school and one, which has become somewhat of a signature for the school and most memorable moment for many students.  In short, an awesome week with some serious out-of-the-book/box learning going on.

After a day of rather blind and wild designs on Monday, teams tested their planes, recognized their issues and went back to the lab to retool.   The result were fantastic.   Suddenly, they (mostly) believe – this can work and why!

There are many positive take-aways from the process.  One I appreciate most is the leadership and cooperation that is built through the week.   High-functioning groups do not necessarily have all the budding engineers.   More often, they seem to be the teams that find ways to work together effectively and efficiently.



On 2 August, I will begin teacher orientation at KIS International School in Bangkok.  Throughout my 13 week practicum, I look forward to gaining practical and professional experience at an IB school.   While the principles and contexts underlying the curriculum are familiar to me from my work in and around Education Management, I will refine my mechanics in implementing the curriculum.  Updates to follow on this space!