One of my favorite things about Goochland so far is the phenomenal opportunities that our students have to engage with our community to learn and think in a different way. Conundrum day was held on Saturday, February 9, as an initiative of the GCPS STEM committee. All elementary students in Goochland were invited to participate in a children’s engineering project/task based on the children’s story “The Three Little Pigs.” Students were asked to build a house strong enough to withstand the “Big Bad Wolf’s” wind power (such as high powered fans).
The project brought together over 100 elementary students along with numerous teachers, community members, parents, school board members, school division administrators, college professors, and other staff. I have never seen a better example of community and parent engagement. I was also impressed by the eagerness of our students to learn and think in a different way ON A SATURDAY!
Thank you so much to everyone who participated and volunteered their time and I hope we can do this on a regular basis!
Dr. Gretz posted on his blog about the event as well, but included a video that captures the spirit of the event with a young lady (a recent success story from our spelling bee) who explains that the event was “Amazingly Amazing.”
Here are a few pictures of the event:
You can see the excitement!
Our school board members showing their expertise: