Students use a hands-on approach to create solutions to scenario-based problems that require the utilization of knowledge and skills learned in their other classes. The Connections course is designed to increase inter-personal skills, build critical thinking skills, and allow students to showcase their creative minds.
Inspired by the extraordinary innovations of Apollo 13 astronauts to maintain life support systems in a crisis, Connections presents students with highly creative challenges. Together they must work to develop solutions for using the elements from their studies.
Students learn to use simple tools to build prototypes and construct projects that require introductory skills in design. Laboratory activities engage students in the design process while integrating mathematics, science, and other core subjects.
Connections helps students establish intellectual links across subject disciplines and gain deeper understanding of the topics they’re learning.
The following are examples of Connections scenarios from each grade level.