The Herricks Public Schools’ Center Street School emphasized ingenuity, hands-on learning and collaboration this holiday season during the annual DeSTEMber Challenge. This event, created by teachers Rachel Brillon and Laura Leicht, invites fourth- and fifth-grade students and their parents to work together to solve design challenges.
This year’s challenge was to design and build a ski lift and ramp using common household materials and tools. Students needed to use their knowledge of simple machines, energy and chain reactions when designing their solutions.
Each year, DeSTEMber highlights the importance of collaboration and steps to the engineering design process. It is also a valuable and enriching experience for students to share with their parents.