LIMA — Lynne Focht wanted her students to work collaboratively. So on Wednesday morning, she brought her art class to a different classroom than normal. The task was simple: Design a figural sculpture, or a sculpture that resembles a person, with nothing more than recycled materials.
But there was a twist. Students were paired off into groups and given minutes to sketch a design, gather materials and start building their creations, all within a single class period.
Students were expected to use a collaborative problem-solving approach, adjusting their designs as needed to meet a deadline.
The interactive lesson was part of Lima Senior High School’s new makerspace lab, an interactive classroom dedicated to invention, innovation and experimentation.
The room is divided into two broad sections. On the left side, students brainstorm and design their ideas. And on the right side,…