So You Think You Can Invent?

So You Think You Can Invent?What characteristics are common among inventors? Roam the fourth floor of Parkside and you will be sure to find out! “Inventors keep trying and trying and never give up!” as reported from several members of the Grade 3 class.  Third grade students at SIS have been studying inventions, investigating the reasons why people invent and what makes a useful invention, and will begin to take a closer look at important inventors of the past.

The students launched their new social studies unit with a challenging task: invent something! But this came with some restrictions of course. Students worked in teams to create and name a useful invention solely out of the materials they were provided. The end result? A Super Basket, a 2-in-1 Fork and Knife Straw, A Flying Rocket, SIS Balloon Boxer, Shooter Hat, Musical Pipes, a Mr. Dummy Boxing Ball and many more! Who knew these things could be invented from straws, newspaper, string and balloons?

These inventions were fantastic indeed, but what inventions can’t we live without? “The computer with Internet, cell phones, books, refrigerators, soccer balls and ice cream” are reportedly the most important inventions to a third grader at SIS.

As a cumulating activity, last week Grade 3 students visited Radio Systems Corporations business office where the brand Pet Safe holds its main design headquarters. A special thanks to Mr. Tim Behling for welcoming and showing the young inventors around as they watched a presentation from a design specialist and an engineer. Inside the office, students saw the design and manufacturing procedures of several different pet products and realized that it is a long and demanding process to invent. They even left a few suggestions for the designers such as a pet food fountain and a dog translator! Who knows, they may be the next hot items on the shelves of Pet Safe!

So you think you can invent? Ask a third grader and they will be sure to let you know just what it takes.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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