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What's Happening in the Challenge Classroom?


Sixth Grade

Sixth graders are excited to work with two Project Lead the Way (PLTW) modules during 4th quarter.

In Robotics and Automation: Challenge sixth grade students will expand their knowledge of robotics as they explore mechanical design and computer programming. Using a variety of programming platforms students build and program an autonomous robot to solve a real world design problem.

The sixth graders will also work with Tynker to program their own models in the PLTW Infection: Modeling and Simulation unit. Students will collect data by running simulations with different parameters within animated team created challenges.

Fifth Grade

The fifth graders are enjoying a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) module from biomedical science.

In Infection: Detection students explore transmission of infection, agents of disease, and mechanisms the body uses to stay healthy. We will be conducting experiments relating to limiting the spread of germs and appropriate prevention methods, including handwashing.

Fourth Grade

In Energy: Collisions a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) unit students explore how machines change energy and how energy is transferred. The fourth graders discover ways potential energy can be stored and released as kinetic energy. Newton's Laws of Motion are discussed.

Students in fourth grade are also working with a hands-on unit that engages them in learning about the untamed world of Missouri ponds, forests and prairies with colorful student books and visits to the Missouri outdoors with their science notebooks to collect and record data as observant scientists.

Information concerning an off campus field experience will be shared this spring!

Third Grade

Programming Patterns

This unit introduces important computer science concepts such as abstraction and modularization. These are computer science terms that mean breaking big problems down into smaller ones. One way to break programming problems down is to use functions to handle processes that are easy to separate out from the larger program. Students will also uncover the power of putting information into containers called variables.

These new understandings will help students appreciate how computer programs can handle different versions of a problem even though the details of the problem may change. Through building their own unique programs, students will see that technology makes it possible for humans to accomplish things that would be impossible, or at least very time consuming, without the help of computers.

Starting with computer-free activities and progressing to programming in a blocks-based language on a tablet, students learn how to think computationally about a problem. Building on this transformational way of thinking, students create a final program.

Kindergarten, First and Second Grade

While learning about structure and function kindergarten, first and second grade students discover the design process and how engineers influence their lives.

In the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) module Structure and Function: Exploring Design students design, build, and test structures to withstand a force.

Elementary Challenge Contacts
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Elementary Challenge Curriculum

Curriculum for the Elementary Challenge Program is sequential, mindfully connected and expressed throughout the system. Options provided by the program have links to general curriculum, as well as ...more

Weekly Schedule

Monday- Sixth Grade
Tuesday- Fifth Grade
Wednesday- Fourth Grade
Thursday- Third Grade
Friday- K, First Grade, Second Grade

Elementary Challenge Structure

Challenge program eligible students meet once a week with other identified students according to their grade level or a range of grades which are consistent with the individual's current grade level ...more