The Willows’ commitment to big ideas is a perfect fit with the Maker Movement, which embraces the philosophy of creative problem solving and experiential learning, which are foundations of The Willows educational program.  Over the years we have embraced the Maker Movement, inspiring young Makers from DK through eighth grade with state-of-the-art tools, technology, and equipment.  STEAM2 happens throughout our campus in our makerLab1 and makerLab2, designLab, STEAMStudio, outdoor WorkSpace, and designated classroom areas.  Our students innovate by taking their ideas to a new level and collaborating with others as they envision, prototype, design, build, rebuild, and shared.

Developmental Kindergarten/Kindergarten

Dream Houses with Accessories
(fans, doorbells, etc.) Simple circuitry, structural engineering, collaboration

1st & 2nd Grade

Bee-Bots, Blue-Bots, and Scratch Programming
Programming as a written language; debugging; 2D video game programming

3rd & 4th Grade

Interactive, Cardboard LA Landmarks
Math skills: scale and proportion; research

5th Grade

Minecraft Pilgrim Village
Historical accuracy; research; spatial awareness

Middle School

VEX Robotics
Detailed, complex assembly; programming; collaboration
Caterpillars & Chrysalides Transformational STEAM Project
Lower and middle school grades have been studying the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly as part of their life drawing unit. Students have been able to witness the rapid growth of the caterpillars and see first hand how quickly they change.

The two time-lapse videos document some of our monarchs at various stages of their life cycle. The first video shows two caterpillars hanging upside down in their “J” shape. The time-lapse was filmed on an iPod Touch overnight with spot lights inside the STEAM Studio. Using the app iMotion Pro, photos were taken every 10 seconds beginning at 5 pm and ending at 9 am. The second video was filmed the following night, with a time-lapse snapping a photo every 5 seconds beginning at 6 pm and ending at 9 am.

Caterpillar to Chrysalides Transformation

Chrysalides to Buterfly Transformation

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The Willows School is a DK-8 independent school serving greater Los Angeles.

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8509 Higuera Street
Culver City, CA 90232

Phone: (310) 815-0411
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