Authentic Assessment Products, Constructionism and Wooden Bikes

Via Tom -Tryangulation

Marco

A 16 year old has made a wooden bike. It doesn’t sound that impressive until you realise that even the chain, gears and connectors are all made from wood. What an amazing achievement! Doesn’t he look proud?

This is an example of the kind of authentic assessment products the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme produces. Tom says often the students are brilliant anyway and the programme just allows them to shine.

Marco’s work seems to support that theory. You can read his own description of the process here in Lee Valley Tools Woodworking Newletter.

So not only has he built a wonderful product, he’s shared exactly how he did it with an expert audience. Shame they don’t have comments enabled on their site really. But that’s just me being picky 🙂

Tom says:

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme culminates in each student completing a personal project which is “a significant piece of work that is the product of the student’s own initiative and creativity……

He says he just wanted to try something challenging.

I wonder what he’ll do next 🙂

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