SCVi Brings “Imagineering” to the Classroom
SCVi Charter School Facilitator Shawna Brown joined SCVi’s Eye on the Valley radio show to discuss the 4th & 5th grade project and how it turned their learners into “imagineers.”
SCVi learners embarked on a project that posed the question “If you were to build a land that would be a part of Disneyland, similar to Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, how would you be able to have your land be visually appealing, tell a story and evoke an emotional response with guests of all ages?”
The learners’ final project consisted of three main components:
- a full business model and proposal
- a scaled model of their ride or themed attraction
- a commercial that creatively showcases their features of their land
“We were able to weave in a lot of authenticity by working with Disney Imagineers directly on the learners’ projects,” Brown said. “That was incredible.”
Disney Imagineers are responsible for designing and building everything at the Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, and cruise ships — as well as overseeing the creative in Disney games, merchandise, and publishing.
“I was excited to hear about the project,” said Enzo, an SCVi learner. “It was fun from the start.”
After the nine-week project learners would create a portfolio and reflect on everything they learned along the way. They also submitted commercials they filmed, and those were submitted to former Disney Imagineers, who provided feedback to the learners.
Some of the other projects SCVi learners are doing answer the following driving questions: “How can we use plants to spread happiness?” “What can I invent to help our community?” “How can I create my own civilization based on ancient civilizations?” “How can I create a personal code to live by based on ancient religion and ethics?”
SCVi/iLEAD is a tuition-free charter school in Santa Clarita that uses project-based and social-emotional learning concepts to inspire and motivate lifelong learners with the skills they need to lead in the 21st century. Technology is incorporated into all components of the curriculum, and learners are given a firm grounding in the arts, humanities and sciences. School officials value and encourage development of leadership skills by inspiring character and confidence in learners. SCVi/iLEAD offers transitional kindergarten (TK) through 12th grade, providing a unique learning opportunity for those in need of a kindergarten in Santa Clarita, elementary school in Santa Clarita, junior high in Santa Clarita, middle school in Santa Clarita or high school in Santa Clarita.
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