The gingerbread houses made by Grade 9 students used basic electricity concepts and coding technology. Contributed photo

Grade 9 students in Red Deer make ‘unconventional’ gingerbread houses

Red Deer middle school students have used basic electricity concepts and coding technology to create unconventional gingerbread houses.

Grade 9 students from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools have been working on the project for the past few weeks.

“Design thinking allows me to express my creativity and it also allowed me to work with other people to put our creativity together and make something innovative and new,” said St. Francis of Assisi Middle School student Victoria Fleming.

“Creating a prototype and gathering feedback allowed us to broaden our knowledge and showcase the best possible design.”

Students started the project by constructing what they had envisioned using cardboard.

After their ideas were solidified, students made gingerbread and used it to create their houses. Using Chromebooks, students coded sounds to play that correspond to the theme of their house.

Then students integrated electrical conductors in their houses so that when someone touches the tinfoil squares, the sounds will play.

“This has been a wonderful project. It’s great to see how students’ ideas can flourish. Design studies is a middle school option class that focuses on inspiring student creativity through composition and technology,” said Amber Lansing, a teacher at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School.

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