Hanby’s New Collaboratorium and Wonder Room Challenges Students to Solve Problems

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Students work together in the Wonder Room to try and build the tallest structure. 


The Collaboratorium and Wonder Room at Hanby Elementary School opened this week with two exciting design challenges for students.  The Collaboratorium is for pupils to use their science and math skills to solve problems.  The Wonder Room will be used for children to create and discover art and technology.

In the Collaboratorium, Susan Smucker, Curriculum Coach for Math and Science, challenged students to The Penny Boat Challenge.  Pupils used the Engineering Design Process to design a boat for the Hanby Boat Company using aluminum foil that would hold the most cargo (pennies).  In the Wonder Room students were challenged to use the items in a brown bag to build the tallest structure.  Kim Niles, Educational Technology Coach, worked with each Hanby class to discover the fun and excitement of building a tall structure with spaghetti and a marshmallow on top.    

Principal Monica Brown is encouraging teachers, parents and community members to use these two new rooms to expand the STEAM experience for every Hanby student.  The youngsters enjoyed the learning experience and are looking forward to their next design challenges.