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Designing the World of Our Future
Posted 03/27/2017 10:13AM

Sixth-grade students in Cathy Halter’s histoire-geographie class were challenged to create notre ville de demainthe city of tomorrow. Students worked in teams to envision, plan, and design urban communities of the future. They were asked to consider services provided, architectural style, and the role of nature and the environment. Creativity and self-expression were encouraged and evident in the students' imagined future cities, designed to build and support sustainable communities.

“The students imagined the construction of new buildings that consume much less energy, and considered public spaces that allow us to get around by bike, on foot, by public transportation, or car-sharing. I was impressed by their ability to analyze, innovate, and collaborate to build their city of the future while respecting environmental and structural constraints," said Ms. Halter. “I believe cities themselves are the engine to creating a better, more progressive and sustainable way of life, and hope to instill in the students that they can be an agent for change within our community.”

Sixth grader Elsa liked that “the project encouraged us to use the creative side of ourselves. It was really neat to see what everyone in the class did and how we can make the cities more environmentally friendly.”

Elsa’s classmate Maddie added, “Since we were building a model, the project forced us to think deeper about the dimensions of the buildings and the quality of life in the city. It was cool that we got to think about and design the world of our future.”

"Research shows that younger children have a superior ability to learn a second language and that bilingual students tend to outperform their monolingual peers."

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San Francisco, CA 94102

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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either the French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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