BASIS.ed's unique Connections course is a weekly 85-minute opportunity for students in grades 1–4 to demonstrate ingenuity, teamwork, and mental agility. Students will use hands-on approaches to create solutions to scenario-based problems which require the utilization of knowledge and skills taught in their other classes. The Connections course is designed to increase inter-personal skills, build critical thinking skills, and allow students to showcase and refine their creative minds.
Inspired by the extraordinary innovations of Apollo 13 astronauts to maintain life support systems in crisis, All-Connections presents students with highly creative challenges; they must work together and use elements from all of their studies to develop solutions.
Students learn to use simple tools to build prototypes and construct projects that require introductory skills in design. Laboratory activities engage students in the design process while integrating mathematics, science, and other core subjects.
Connections helps students establish intellectual links across the subject disciplines and gain deeper understanding of the topics they're learning. The following are examples of Connections scenarios from each grade.