WCE students design products for the future

WCE ExploraVision

Pictured above from left to right are Willow Creek Elementary students Brooke Altic, Avery Huff, Stanley Cheatham and Lexi Sluder. 

Willow Creek Elementary fifth-grade students received Honorable Mention in the Toshiba ExploraVision science competition. Out of the 32 entries submitted, nine of their teams received Honorable Mention.


ExploraVision is a science competition, where K-12 students work in groups to simulate real research and development. Students are challenged to solve real-world problems and envision futuristic technology that will help solve those problems.


During this project, students used all six Humble ISD Portrait of a Graduate competencies: Personally Responsible, Leader and Collaborator, Critical Thinker, Creative Innovator, Global Citizen, and Communicator.


Students were placed into groups based on similar interests. Once groups were determined the students spent class time working on their research questions and developing their own futuristic product. Students met with topic experts and professors from Rice University and the University of Houston, scientists via Skype and Kingwood Park High School Students Helping Veterans: Big Heroes, Tiny Homes.


“Having the Tiny Homes students discuss their project was monumental for our students,” Jill Weller, Willow Creek fifth-grade teacher, said. “The high school students were able to depict how their project started and the entire process of developing their ideas, designing, building and pitching their idea to community members.”


Inspired by the high school students, the fifth-graders were motivated to research and create their own solution to real-world problems. Students had the opportunity to visit The Humble Makers shop during the project. The local business served as a makerspace for the students. Students were able to witness how products are designed and printed using 3D machines.


“I enjoyed watching the students present their projects during our Open House,” Nancy Pinkerton, Willow Creek Elementary Assistant Principal, said. “It was a powerful moment to see them speak passionately about their research and the work they had completed.”


The students are excited about more opportunities to share what they have learned during this project. They are already discussing helping next year’s fifth-grade class with their ExploraVision projects on late arrival days.

Hunger Helper

Pictured above from left to right are Willow Creek Elementary students, Will Weller and Camryn Hicks. Not pictured are Henry Chesser and Lila Borum.