My class began building their Mars Rovers last week. As you can see they are pretty amazing. Whenever I give this type of "create whatever you want" assignment, I am always amazed with what students can come up with. I didn't even think they would bring in materials. I give them some of their decorations, but the majority of the project comes from recycled materials they would normally get rid of at home. The day we started building, I was driving to work and saw all these students with boxes walking to school. I thought, "Oh my goodness, this is all coming into my classroom!" I'll have to post some pictures of my mess of a classroom in a later post!
The rover above was created by three boys in my first hour. They need to paint their treads this weekend but other than that it is a fine example of what 7th graders are capable of when allowed to have some free will!