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Challenge Day 2017




Our fifth grade LEAP students attended Challenge Day at Kunkel Elementary in Middletown. This STEAM day included 50 students from Palmyra Area School District, Derry Township School District, Lower Dauphin School District and Middletown School District. Mrs. Donna Foran, and her gifted support colleagues, introduced an engineer from Hershey Park who shared the concepts behind the new water rides https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8enVF0Yc_M and all that goes into planning those types of coasters. How do we move water? How do we move people safely in water? What types of materials can be used with water? The students then worked in teams of four to build new water coasters, using only recyclable materials. Students collaborated, communicated and sometimes compromised, while building a coaster that met the criteria of the challenge. Students named their rides, included safety features and then tested their rides in front of their peers while the engineers from Hershey Park rated their products. Here are some pictures from the day. http://www.raiderweb.org/blog/2017/12/22/area-districts-join-masd-for-elementary-gifted-challenge/‚Äč