Creating a Splash with Cross Curricular Activities

BY Paul LaBelle & Amanda Hough

Kenneth C. Coombs School & Mashpee High School

Project Description
This project is a cross-grade level opportunity where high school students will design and build a water table for the playground at KCC, the elementary school in Mashpee. High school students will use their engineering and advanced manufacturing skills to create a wooden water table for the playground. High school students will put to practice their skills in designing using industry-grade software to design the project and then industry tools and machines to build the water table. This grant will allow for the purchase of materials.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
The success of this project will be twofold. High school students will be assessed on their ability to create a working water table according to dimensions, safety and functionality. Success will also be determined by the social-emotional impact that will be felt by the elementary students that will have another option for play at recess.

Benefit to the students and the school
Many young students have a tough time during the unstructured time of recess this water table will allow for another option for students to interact with each other and have fun. The water table will also provide an option for special needs students to experience different forms of sensory through working with the water table. This project provides students with the opportunity to develop the characteristic of empathy at all age levels, high school students using their skills for others and elementary students learning to play with each other in different settings.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
The project will be completed in time for students to use it in late spring and for year’s to come on the playground.