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Details for Spatial Evaluation Study

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Tools for Spatial Education Program

We offer complete solutions for educational programs for spatial intelligence: the well-designed curriculum, the detailed content and the flow of activities will help educators implement these programs without effort and obtain successful accomplishments with groups of students having heterogeneous backgrounds or even different ages. We provide all the materials and support that educators need to successfully implement, run the programs and measure their effect on students:
  • Documentation, write-ups, special evaluation tests, videos, description of the settings, organization and management
  • On site or online training and support: courses for educators. Instructor certification programs
  • Flexibility in selecting the most appropriate content that matches the students interest and background
  • Configuration of groups and their sizes to fit the specific requirements
  • Wide and diversified range of activities that can support educational programs for spatial intelligence over a period of up to 4 scholar years, in weekly sessions of 1 hour.
 

Structure of Spatial Education Program

The educational programs for spatial intelligence are structured as a collection of independent educational modules. A program might suggest a specific combination and a specific order of educational modules, sequenced from simple to complex, that best create a gradual engagement of the students with this framework. Each module is series of sessions that has to follow in the prescribed order, as sessions are interconnected and the knowledge from previous ones is important when progressing to the next level. The recommended length of a session is 1-2 hours.
Each module has its own elements (manipulatives), written and video documentation and it displays specific characteristics related to the area of knowledge it addresses, e.g., domain decomposition, kinetics, challenging puzzles, symmetry and rotation, fractals, hierarchical structures, complementarity, chromatics, shape, geometry, optimization.
Students in a group are organized in at most 4 workshops each gathering together 4 - 6 students. The participants share responsibilities for fairly distribution of the workload and for sharing the resulting constructions -- to take home - in an equitable fashion. They are required to collaborate, to interact and to engage in brief brain storming discussions.
Their focus and creativity are encouraged at all times.
The following table recommends a number of sessions for each available module. They are currently used by students from several educational institutions and organizations implementing optional curriculum or after school programs. These modules can cover the material for a 1 year educational program, based on weekly sessions of 1 hour ach.

Additional content is ready to be included in new educational modules. The new modules will be made available soon and they will provide additional options in terms of choices or will generate a subsequent 1 year program for advanced students.
Due to the modular structure, the educational programs are flexible and they can be adapted to a wide range of activities and groups of students, without limitations for age, gender or even language. It is however recommended that modules are sequenced gradually from simple to more complex.
One special feature of the programs is the fact that student can take home the results of their individual work or by rotation if they work collectively. Thus, the connection between the activities and the self-confidence of these accomplishments can continue beyond the timeframe of the sessions. For programs running for more than 8 weeks, it may be instructive to finalize the educational program with a mini miniexhibition or mini-festival.
This can be organized as a school or inter-school event. Instructors are invited to encourage the students to explore uncharted configurations, to participate in short brain storming sessions, to contribute with their personal knowledge to the development of the project and the knowledge surrounding it.
They will mediate children to engage in various learning experiences using kits and to enable knowledge building systemically, establishing connections between concepts, objects, events, actions and feelings that lead to achieving the goals (modules or construction) that each theme addresses, by actively involving the child.

 

Modules Content

Jellyfish - 1 session
Connectivity, Torus, Rotation, Foldability/Expandability, Composition/Decomposition, Octahedron Expansion. Two or three object can be used to create various configurations: inner rings, knots, concatenation chain. They can hide one inside the other.
Anemone - 2 sessions
Flexibility, 3D Folding , Symmetry, Rotation, Complementarity, Icosahedron, Dodecahedron Expansion. The anemone modules can be assembled in different ways (the reversible Anemones). 2 Sea Anemones and 2 reversed Anemones can be used together in a modular structure with several possible configurations that can be obtained by simple transformations.
Globefish - 2 sessions
Connection to chemistry (C60 carbon fullerene molecule), Icosahedron, Dodecahedron, Composition/Decomposition, Arrangements.
Mercury - 3 sessions
Multi-layers, Hierarchical Clusters, Composition/Decomposition, Complementarity, Symmetry, Rotation.
Venus - 3 sessions
Dynamic States, Arrangements, Data Structures (Stacks), Reversing, Symmetry, Rotation.
Pyramid - 4 sessions
3D Tessellations - based on Tetrahedron with cut corners, Graphs, Data Structures (trees), Puzzles, Combinatorics.
Metamorph - 4 sessions
Kinetics, Matrices, Planar Configurations and 3D Folding.
Space Diver - 1 session
3D Tessellations - based on Octahedron with cut corners, infinite knapsack problem, packing.
Enterprise - 5 sessions
Modeling. Model- System resembling structure with kinetic properties. Isomorphism of structures obtained by module substitution preserving kinetic properties.
Fractal - 5 sessions
Self-similarity structures. Minimal information is necessary to build infinite structure. A special designating scheme that is able to identify object in this class uniquely.
Creativity Workshop (Project)
This is a challenging session. Students are going to be inspired by their previous experiences and they try to design new structures using the elements from the kit. The new constructions should be distinct from the ones presented in the program so far. They will investigate ways to combine different components from different sessions, discover new geometric properties and integrate various structures into novel configurations, experimenting the best of their creativity. They will then design puzzles and propose problems related to their new discovery Self-similarity structures. Minimal information is necessary to build infinite structure. A special designating scheme that is able to identify object in this class uniquely.