Friday, day 14, the first last day of the Exploration phase of our very first arc. These first three weeks have flown by faster than Superman and a speeding bullet.
I think we were all a little nervous about how the transition between Exploration and Expression would go, but to our surprise and delight, the kids have taken to creating their own projects with enthusiasm. They started discussing them in their bands, then let their creativity fly as they composed written declarations of their proposed projects.
The collaboration began without any prompting.
The bands bonded after snack and came up with their own names:
the Ssalson Raptors (forgive my spelling, Raptors, and correct me if I’m wrong)
the Rubber Band, (and I forgot the secret name; let’s fix this Monday – if it’s something to share with the world, that is), who had their meeting at the very grown-up Coffee Bar on the corner
and the Flying Fish, with their own hooting call to contact each other across the room.
After a break at the park, the kids returned to work on their murals, declarations, and pipe system.
Josh introduced contaminants to the water pipe system and suggested the kids create a filtration system that would keep out sludge – aka glitter.
They couldn’t figure out a good way to get the water clear again after dye had been added to clear water, but they were able to filter out the glitter. Not too shabby.
Success! Exploration has closed… but now the creative minds of our incredible Brightworks kids will start moving and thinking and making in the next three weeks of Expression. Keep an eye on the blog… you’ll most definitely see some pretty amazing things come up soon.