The Grade 7 students showed off their media literacy, coding, and VR skills during their presentations to judges in the brand new Makerspace. They were tasked with researching a chosen ecosystem to find out what biotic and abiotic elements exist in the ecosystem and demonstrate the interactions between them. They had to further designate those elements into their roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers and then describe the transfer of energy in a food web showing how matter is cycled within the environment to promote sustainability.
The catch… they had to build, design, and create all of this inside a virtual reality program called CoSpaces, using a visual block-based programming language called CoBlocks to tell the story of their ecosystem digitally. The videos below of the ecosystems themselves, and judges being guided through the experience illustrate the effort, willingness to try something new and risk taking our students are acquiring.