Grace Notes for February 8

STEM Challenge

The sail car STEM challenge (adapted from REcharge Lab Activities) for our Pre-K – 2nd
grade students allowed our youngest students to engage in the engineering design process
which emphasizes problem solving and learning from their “mistakes.”

They built their car bases from pre-cut corrugated plastic, bamboo skewer axles, and
wooden wheels.  Students designed their own sails (or preK chose the shape of their sails)
with the goal of creating a sail car that could travel the furthest distance when “powered”
by wind generated by a box fan.  They had time to test their sail designs and make
improvements before Monday’s final “challenge” test.  Many of the kids redesigned their
sails, made them larger, or added to catch more wind (Science teacher Mary Van Eaton).


With joy and gratitude,

Principal Susan Kilbane

Grace Notes for February 24

Prayers of the Faithful From September – mid-February 3rd/4th graders in Ms. Kirsten’s class write the Prayers of the Faithful each week for our Friday

Grace Notes for February 15

Kid Wind Challenge “Our 3rd – 8th grade students designed wind turbine blades (tested, improved, and tested again) with the goal of converting the kinetic energy of wind into

Grace Notes for February 1

1st/2nd Science Last week, Mrs. Carleton and Ms. Carson led our 1st/2nd graders in a hands-onScience activity to understand Erosion. Students had a marvelous time