The “Human Body Systems” project from the Scotts Ridge Middle School library has been named the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award.

Sponsored by Upstart, the $2,500 award recognizes school librarian and teacher collaboration during the development and implementation of a curriculum-supporting program using school library resources.

The “Human Body Systems” team included Janine Johnson, school librarian; Emily Shiller, library assistant; Kim Moran, technology integrator; and Charlsie Vanderrest and Kelly Hall, seventh grade science teachers.

They collaborated on an extensive quarter-long unit exploring the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems.

The team wanted to move from a “one-body-system-at-a-time” approach in favor of a student-directed, phenomenon-based exploratory unit. Students devised their own questions and managed their research by rotating through “sandbox activities” spread throughout the learning commons, classrooms and makerspace. Stations included traveling through the human body using virtual reality, 3D models, games, and giant books.

The AASL award winners will be honored at a conference in New Orleans on June 23.