Five grade levels within three elementary schools in the Natrona County School District (NCSD) participated in long term Ideas to Inspire™ projects during their Discover program days. The overall theme was Innovation. The goal was to develop, write, rehearse and record a song from scratch. Each school had a different take and approach to the theme. A new rock and roll instrument was introduced at each session.
These students will come together to celebrate their projects at the 4th Annual i2i StoryFest, at The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center on Thursday May 7, 2015 from 9am – 3 pm. Guest Artists will present: Oral Tradition with Inda Eaton; Myth & Metaphor with Jim Kopp; Sound & Rhythm with Jeffrey Smith & B. Rehm-Gerdes; Hypothesis & Conclusion with The Science Zone; Signs & Symbols with Nancy Atlas; and Authenticity with Sara Beth Lyons.
Innovation takes Energy
There is no energy shortage at Woods Learning Center. The ideas, conversations and ponderings float in every space of the campus. The 6th, 7th and 8th graders have decided that innovation takes energy, would like to incorporate multiple themes within their song, play the instruments themselves, design their own album covers and convey an upbeat sense of hope through realism and “have it mean something”.
Daydreaming to Innovate
The University Park 5th grade is a playful group who made the case that great innovation often starts with a daydream. This group resonated with the drums. Beyond creating lyrics and melody in their writing groups, University Park recorded many of the beats using non-traditional percussion from found objects.
Adapt to Innovate
The topic of duct tape stories was a recurring theme during our initial Oregon Trail writing sessions, which led to the concept of adapting to innovate. There is a sense throughout the entire Oregon Trail campus that nothing is impossible and that there is a work-around for all issues.