Here are some of the ways that our creative Wauwatosa students
solved their challenges in 2017-18.
solved their challenges in 2017-18.
"Once Upon a Time," Lincoln Elementary
Drop Zone (Engineering challenge)
This team created a 750-gram structure out of wood and glue that held 720 lbs and created a story that played on a character’s “weight of guilt” that was symbolized by the weights the structure held. They set their story in a modern-day castle and made a Rube Goldberg machine, which created food for the dragon who taught the young knight to be brave, loyal and honest.
"The Best Royal Koala Snake Friends," Wilson/WSTEM
Friends Everywhere (Rising Stars challenge)
This team's solution featured two cultures: the Irish culture and an imaginary culture which was very science-oriented and which only saw things-- literally--in black and white. On St. Patrick's Day, some Irish children practice an Irish song on piano and Irish flute, and then run off to find a rainbow they see in the distance. That same day, Science Day, some black-and-white children recite some science facts and then run off to investigate an "arc" they see in the sky. The children meet and misunderstandings occur. But then a father-daughter scientist pair (also the narrators) bring their new inventions-- shots that allow the two cultures to see in black and white and in color, respectively. The children decide to combine their holidays into a new holiday-- St. Science Day-- and host a parade in its honor. They don fun hats, and parade to the previously practiced Irish tune.
"#flying wonders," McKinley Elementary
Inside Impact (service learning challenge)
For their service project, this team of 5th graders conducted two drives at school to benefit the Humane Society. They raised money to buy pet food and collected empty paper towel and toilet-paper rolls for the small animals to chew on. For their skit, they created a cache storage device that looked like a dog house and then opened up to reveal the set for their performance. Their skit showed their journey and included a puppet show. They provided two infographics that showed quantitative data for their drives and included the needs of the community. The girls made one graphic that looked like dog collars and the other was in the shape of a paw. The girls took 9th Place at state and felt proud of their work.
"The War Dogs," Roosevelt Elementary
Inside Impact (Service Learning challenge)
This team of 4th and 5th graders spent much time debating what organization they wanted to help. Some felt very strongly about helping animals, and others felt just as strongly that they wanted to do something for people. In the end, Pets for Vets was a perfect fit and allowed all of the team members to feel like they were contributing. The team designed and created several different homemade pet toys and dog treats which they sold at Roosevelt's Holiday Festival. In total they raised $214!
After they completed their project, the kids needed to put together a presentation that included a cache storage device that everything they used had to fit inside of. The kids worked hard putting together a set, writing a script and even including infographics about the program in order to get the word out to people who may not have heard of Pets for Vets before. The team ranked 4th, which they can be very proud of. They are already looking forward to Destination Imagination again next year!
"The British Chickens," Roosevelt Elementary
Treasure! (Improv challenge)
This team decided to research the cultures of modern Iceland, the Vikings, England, Germany, Ireland, and Ancient Egypt. They discovered that in Iceland people eat rotting fermented shark meat, cats were considered sacred in Egypt, and the Vikings were into board games. Initially, all of their skits involved a theft and efforts to apprehend the villains, until they realized that there were actually no points associated with catching bad guys. Once they got down to the business of quests, setbacks, unusual locations, the bed-sheet prop, and demonstrating the personal traits of explorers, they were on fire. Their regional skit involved searching for Beethoven's sheet music in a bear's den, despite the fact that famous Egyptologist Howard Carter could not stop laughing at his own joke.
"Team B.O.S.S.," Wauwatosa East
Drop Zone (engineering challenge)
This team built a lightweight structure out of cork, wood, fishing line, and rubber bands capable of withstanding and holding dropped weight. They incorporated the structure into a skit about scientists who needed to calculate how much weight to "drop" from a space station to put it back into its regular orbit. The space station was represented by hand-drawn animations projected on to a team-constructed screen, while the scientists got news of the Space Station through the OK-O-Meter, that put them on high alert with a blinking red stoplight and other lighting changes. The used stoplight was purchased without wires, so the team needed to re-wire it, and put together an electrical control panel to turn their equipment on and off. The team created an additional character, the astronaut, who was voiced through a Snap Chat filter to add extra personality to the skit.