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Lincoln students learn with ‘The Force’

Star Wars theme inspires teamwork among 6th-graders

Submitted photo Annalisa Harrold, left, and Sophia Frankos, both sixth-graders, work together to create a trap for stormtroopers as part of the Star Wars Lego Challenge recently at Lincoln PK-8 School.

Staff report

WARREN — Jumping Jacks. Bowling. Legos.

Sixth-grade students at Warren’s Lincoln PK-8 School spent some time recently in the small gymnasium participating in a variety of activities designed to enhance their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) skills while promoting social-emotional learning.

Two classes joined to participate in the Star Wars-themed event.

“We wanted to engage the students and give them physical as well as mental activities to get them moving, get them thinking and encourage them to work together,” explained Christine DePascale, whose class was combined with Stephanie Collier’s.

For example, students were challenged to find the unit rate of their own activities. They determined how many jumping jacks they were able to do in a certain amount of time: number per minute, per five minutes, etc.

For the Star Wars Legos challenge, students were called upon to build traps for stormtroopers. Each trap had to be designed and constructed to fit at least one stormtrooper. They also incorporated math into bowling by keeping score and figuring out percentages.

“They collaborated and worked together to come up with answers and determine solutions,” Collier said. “That’s an important skill they will take with them way beyond the classroom.”

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