To prepare to build our school scarecrow, students have been learning about the history of scarecrows and examples of durable materials.
Students shared what they knew of scarecrows’ design and purpose, and we learned that children in medieval Britain used to act as their own scarecrows! They would stand in the fields and wave their arms to scare away birds. This and other historical instances of humans acting as scarecrows led to our more modern interpretation of scarecrows dressed in human clothes, with lifelike faces. Scarecrows are still used today, and often use technology to help scare off birds with noises and movement.
We designed scarecrows using a variety of supplies in the MakerSpace WonderLab.
Students talked about durable materials, and what we could use to make our scarecrow last outside for two months. Students tested different materials for durability, and built sturdy scarecrow structures that were tall, yet tough to knock over.
Before more structured lessons and projects begin, students from the Lower Elementary classroom had a chance to explore everything the MakerSpace has to offer.
It was interesting to see what activities the students naturally gravitated towards, and how they used their knowledge to take on new tasks. We are looking forward to seeing how they apply this balance of wisdom and imagination to upcoming projects!