At Castelli International School we know that students learn best when they do.
Castelli’s creative team of teachers are always pro-actively collaborating and finding ways for the students to learn while doing.
How did the students make the foundry?
They found an old metal bucket, which they sanded down. They then inserted a plastic plant pot into the middle of the bucket. They then mixed the plaster of paris and sand with water and poured it between the bucket and the plastic plant pot to divide the center from the sides. As the mixture hardened, they all took turns dislodging the plastic pot from the hardened cement.
A discarded fire extinguisher was cut in half to make a crucible. A hair dryer turned the oven into a blast furnace. Melted tin cans in the crucible were poured into the molds they made in art class.
Through teamwork, collaboration and a lot of innovation the students managed to produce aluminum hearts and shells and to create an amusing limerick in their English lesson describing their adventure.
This project was a very successful cross-curricular, hands-on learning experience for all involved.