Creativity is fostered in all aspects of academic life at Kimball Union; it's part of our mission, and not something that only takes place on the stage or in the art studio. From designing high tech airplanes in our award-winning S.T.E.M. program to re-enacting the storming of the Bastille through puppetry in World History or creating original board games in a team-based project in Economics, right-brained, original thinking is encouraged in all of our classrooms.
At right: A video of Economics class students working on a game project. Three groups are tasked with creating a board game that teaches players about Environment, Energy, and Finance. The students have 25 key terms and ideas that they need to address in creating these games. The project’s ultimate evaluation results from comparative analyses of users’ knowledge of the fundamental issues of energy and finance both before and after playing the game. The first stage of the project lasts ten days, at which point the groups play each other’s games. After a brief period of time – during which groups can tweak and revise parts of their games, rule books, etc. - groups of 3-4 9th grade students are recruited to play the game, without prompting from the creators. Pre and post-game analyses provide evidence of learning that is taking place. Here is a brief video showing the students in process (Each group was given a Monopoly game for materials, to use and alter as they desire.)