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The gymnasium at Georges Vanier Elementary looked like a furniture warehouse Thursday morning as students unveiled their “WikiSeats.”
Developed by two American college students, the WikiSeat project challenges students to source materials for and build their own seat. Every student is provided with a metal “catalyst” or structural support for a chair, with the goal of building a functional seat. Students are tasked with finding materials and developing the skills for building on their own.
“Here is an opportunity for students to create, collaborate, think critically, problem-solve and take true ownership of their learning and decisions,” says principal Antonio Vendramin.
A WikiSeat challenge can be incorporated into any core subject, from math to English, according to its founders.
At Georges Vanier - one of about 100 schools on three continents participating - intermediate students made chairs, shelves, stools, tables and cellphone holders. They then put on a WikiSeat showcase for other students, family members and invited guests.
For more information on WikiSeat, visit http://www.wikiseat.org/.