A Firm Foundation In Jesus

As the heroes focus on building skyscrapers this week, they learned the importance of a solid foundation. Researching and getting inspiration from the tallest skyscrapers in the world, they noticed the firm foundations of each building to support the whole structure. When they designed their own skyscraper, the heroes reminded each other that the foundation needs to be big and strong. Thus, when it came to constructing, they knew that they had to use the biggest and strongest box in the pile to be able to support the other boxes they intend to stack up as high as they could.

These young heroes are just as aware of their need for a firm foundation when they start their day with worship, prayer, and time in the Word. More and more heroes are bringing their own Bibles from home. They look forward to their ten minute devotion time, reading their Bibles, praying, and being silent before their God. When they come together after their devotions, the heroes speak with so much wisdom from the Holy Spirit, sharing about a Bible story, a Bible lesson, or anything that the Lord has spoken to them during their quiet time with Jesus. There could not be any stronger foundation than their special time with Jesus each morning.

During their Socratic discussions, the heroes continue to learn about Keys to Excellence. Each day they learn a new “Key” and share their personal experiences demonstrating excellence. Every time they review the Keys to Excellence they have learned, the heroes are able to recall each one, namely, perseverance, ownership, flexibility, balance, integrity, commitment, speaking with good purpose, and failure leads to success. Not only do they recall them, but the heroes also remind each other throughout the day about these Keys and apply them to their experiences.  

Some heroes were counting the days to Easter and they were really excited to celebrate what Jesus did for them on the cross on Good Friday and His resurrection on Easter Sunday that they wanted Fun Friday to be an Easter Egg Hunt! But they faced an unfamiliar challenge on this Easter Egg Hunt. First, they talked about past experiences from egg hunts wherein some got more eggs than others. Some heroes sadly shared about a time when they were unable to find as many eggs as they wanted. And the heroes who shared about finding the most eggs also admitted that they felt sad for those who did not find many eggs. Thus they all agreed to work together on this unique egg hunt. They would help find all the eggs together and regardless of the number of eggs they find, they had a mission: to find twenty sparkly eggs, each with chocolate bunnies inside. They would need to rescue all the bunnies to have a chance to take them home for Easter, with no bunnies left behind, including all the other eggs they find. If they were unable to find all twenty sparkly eggs, the bunnies (and all the other eggs) would need to stay at school until they find all their brothers and sisters. Throughout the egg hunt, the heroes who filled their baskets of eggs would empty them into one big pile of eggs, counting the sparkly eggs they have found. Some hesitated as they held on to their treasure, but were soon convinced by the other heroes that they are working together to rescue the bunnies.  Unfortunately, at the end of the hunt, one of the sparkly eggs could not be found. Despite their disappointment, many heroes encouraged each other to “keep trying… keep looking for that one last sparkly egg…because failure leads to success.”

Architecture Quest

Week 2

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Launch

Key of Excellence

Commitment

Why is it important to be committed to doing excellent work? What would happen if you are not committed to your goals? How will you face challenges that may distract you from being committed?

Failure leads to success

Think of a time that you failed. How did your failure lead to success?

Speak with good purpose

Why is it important to speak before you speak? What ways would you speak with good purpose throughout the day?

Flexibility

Think of a time when things did not go your way. How did you react to the situation?

Ownership

Think of a time you took ownership of your mistake? How did you fix your mistake?

Relaunch If you were an architect, would you look to the future and try to create something new, or would you look to the past for inspiration? What about in this quest? What will you do? Will you innovate, or pull from the past? The goal for today is for you to begin discovering your style as an architect.

Do you think you’ll be an architect who breaks boundaries and takes risks or an architect who studies history and revitalizes the great ideas of the past?

This book, Designing Your Life, is all about applying design thinking to your life. In it, the authors talk about the five mindsets of a designer:

Bias to action

Reframing problems

Awareness

Radical collaboration

Curiosity

Which of these mindsets will allow you to be most successful during this quest?

How to Think Like an Architect: The Design Process

What ways do architects think like scientists? What ways are they different?

How to Draw Like an Architect, Part 1: The Floor Plan

Would you focus on designing the inside or the outside of your skyscraper?

Close Why is it important to have a strong foundation? What will you start doing, stop doing, and continue doing next time? Which mindset of a designer did you use today? What was most challenging about the sketching phase? Did you find you were able to move through ideas quickly or did you and your partner get stuck throughout the process? How did you feel about working together during the Easter egg hunt?

Week 3 Plans

Week 3

Bridges

Bridge Challenge

Design and build the strongest bridge you can that spans a distance of 45 centimeters (about 1.5 ft.), using any of these materials: drinking straws, paper clips, paper, tape, string or yarn

Paper bridge

Can you build a bridge that holds 100 pennies, using 1 sheet of paper and up to 5 paper clips?

Mondrian-inspired abstract art Suspension bridge

What’s the secret of suspension? What’s the strongest cable?

Design a bridge

 

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