Amazingly Amazing Conundrum Day

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:


  1. I was so glad to be a part of this event. The level of student engagement reminded me that I need to do MORE STEM projects in my classroom. The RES Kindergarten has the RES STEM Lab reserved all week!

  2. It’s so refreshing to see the school board members working with the students on projects like this. I spoke to Mr. Payne, who thoroughly enjoyed the day with his kindergarten students. What a neat way for him to be hands on with the students.

  3. “Amazingly Amazing” describes the day well 🙂 It was an awesome hands-on learning experience for students, families, and volunteers! I look forward to future enrichment activities!

  4. I would like to thank the teachers, board members, and volunteers that participated and took their day off teach our children. The continued commitment and opportunities given to the students of Goochland is commendable!

  5. Thank you to all of the organizers and volunteers of the special event for the students of GCPS! My son had an awesome time! Learning while having fun! Thank you for everything that you are doing to enrich the learning opportunities of the students!

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