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First Grade "Fall"ing into the Engineering Design Process

The 2019 “Ewing All Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt” sponsored by the Ewing Green Team, Ewing Arts Commission, Art Has No Boundaries, and the Ewing Recreation Department, provided the perfect opportunity for students to engage in a STEM challenge that was both innovative and inclusive!

The First grade team at Parkway Elementary School worked together to rise to the challenge of creating a scarecrow out of 80% recyclable material in order to prevent the birds from eating Johnny Appleseed’s apples. Students gathered materials such as cardboard, water bottles, plastic bags, foam, garbage bags, and other common household recyclable items. The students went through the engineering design process of asking, imagining, planning, creating, and improving their scarecrow design so that it could stand on its own and reflect what we have been learning about the 24 signature character strengths needed to flourish. The super-hero scarecrow with his positivity shield and character strength cape is out for display and is a great example of the innovative, positive, and inclusive culture at Parkway Elementary School.

 

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