" Monday, January 8th, 2018"
Today is "Kick-Off Day" for OHS J-Term 2018 and our PBL "Flip This Space"...... are we jazzed!!!! Our day started with an introduction of our contributing experts and the presentation of the challenge by Mr. Tim Kinnetz, owner of Grapetree and multiple other area businesses. We were excited to meet Mr. BJ Ferguson from 4EverGreen Landscaping, Mr. Adam Van Gorp from CMBA Architects, Jeanenne Kinnetz from Grapetree, Eyleen Anderson former Okoboji History Teacher, and special guest, Mrs. Lynn Koelling a local history contributor. Thanks to Tim for an inspirational kick-off message!! He really started us off on the right foot!
Next, students were treated to a plethora of sound design advice from Mr. Adam Van Gorp from CMBA Architects. Matt led us down the path for anticipating potential pitfalls in an effort to assist students in preventing future struggles. Adam also helped us to set goals and define our team objectives as the guiding principles for our developments. He encouraged us to ask ourselves what "story" or "main idea" would be the focal point for design. What would visitors learn in the park and what would they do in this space when spending time there? Thank you Adam! You are a lifeline!!!
At this point in the day, we were ready for action!! We rolled up our sleeves and began the real work of brainstorming. We were excited beyond words!!
We spent the afternoon exploring our RealTime Landscaping software and learning the ropes of designing a space with the tools of technology. So cool!!!
After that, we looked over our evaluative rubrics so that we clearly understand all that is expected of us in our roles these next two weeks. Our performance will be measured in the areas of Collaboration, Innovation and Creativity, and finally, Presentations.
What an awesome day!! We learned so much and we were able to complete all of our planned learning targets!!
Tomorrow the rubber hits the road... with sketchy weather in the forecast, we know there is no time to waste.