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Will it Break?
On a gorgeous sunny day, amidst the beautiful Charlotte Center City skyline, sixth graders got a chance to be outside proving their STEM engineering, STEAM and maker skills with the annual Egg Drop. Mr. Clark was on the rooftop and Ms. Burick was manning the megaphone down below as Mr. Miller organized the crowd gathered to watch their classmates inventions. Extra credit was offered if an egg drop contraption could land and then keep moving uphill Mars-Rover style. Students got a chance to realize how hard it really is to be a NASA engineer. This is 6th grade rocket science, people! Here are a few photos starring:
and the entire team of Piedmont 6th grader scientists!
Ms Gurthie's Soapbox commentary:
Being at Piedmont makes me feel so sorry for all those kids who are cooped up inside bored to tears in pencil pushing worksheet driven classes for the sake of some teacher or bureaucrat's misguided idea of what "rigor" looks like. Thank you, 6th grade Science teachers! I am so glad that "rigorous educational challenge" to you means real-world exciting challenge not dull eyed quiet mindless compliance!
Celebrating Piedmont : a blog of Happy Happenings
"Celebrating Piedmont" logs only a small fraction of the learning magic the teachers of CMS' Piedmont Middle School, an IB World School. create daily. In that sense, it is authored by all the staff and students of Piedmont. It is curated by Ms. Gurthie who can be reached at the icons above. She'll be happy to brag about Piedmont's teachers and students any chance she gets! Please note this blog has only just begun and we have so much to show off! Come back again soon!