"Tooling:" Using Theraband, students build machines designed to exercise key aspects of physical intelligence (eg, the body's relation to gravity, whole body movement, the role of sense perception).
||Week 2 began with a look at last week's assignment: make a concept map using images, text and a good dose of creativity to explore last week's central question, "What is exercise?" All students completed the assignment (a good sign!). The range of projects raised important questions: Is a game of darts exercise? What about simply standing and breathing? If so, what is being exercised? Such questions led to a discussion on 3 key aspects of physical intelligence:
1. the body's ongoing organization in relation to gravity
2. the body as a system that is more than the sum of its parts
3. the role of sense perception in movement.
Week 2's lab involved hands-on exploration of these 3 key aspects. Using one material--150 yards of latex Thera-band--students were asked to design 3 "machines", one to exercise each aspect. Students were allotted 15 minutes for each study. Creative solutions (see images) represented not only "outside of the box", but "outside of the room in which the box sits" studies, and a significant step toward initial project concept drawings due next week.