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Nearly half of all food that is meant to be eaten gets thrown away in America. It takes much longer for food in a landfill to decompose than it does in nature. Rotting food, in a landfill, releases greenhouse gas called methane which is unhealthy for Earth. Students at West School became Food Rescuers by designing inventions that will help eliminate food waste in the West School Cafeteria. There were some very BIG ideas including a drone prototype and some very practical ideas like proper advertising and a fun composting game. We look forward to implementing some of these ideas in the West School Cafeteria.
Students worked in pairs to create a scale model of West school. To start, students were given a simple scale drawing of West School and used the drawing to create their own blueprint on graph paper. This challenge explored the following math concepts: measurement data, using a ruler to measure to 1/2 and 1/4 of an inch, and finding the perimeter. Once the blueprints were finished, the classrooms visited the Innovation Station to get their materials and build!
West School students participated in a BreakoutEDU about Healthy Choices. BreakoutEDU brings “escape room” strategies to the classroom. BreakoutEDU is a game that has students thinking critically, problem-solving, troubleshooting, and working collaboratively. Students worked in teams to complete a physical fitness challenge and then used their brains to unlock boxes.
The candy corn bandit visited South School 1st graders and led them on a scavenger hunt. The students participated in a BreakoutEDU to solve the clues. We practiced our growth mindset as we unlocked the boxes and discovered the final prize!