Egg drop challenge at Skyview Elementary School brings 21st century learning to students in final days of school year |

Egg drop challenge at Skyview Elementary School brings 21st century learning to students in final days of school year

James Redmond

The first egg-drop container, fashioned out of a donut box, hit the ground with a smack Tuesday morning at Skyview Elementary School.

Fourth grader Colin Keck ran out to grab the container from the drop cloth landing zone and hurried over to a trashcan where, with a little help from school staff, he opened it to learn his egg broke on impact with the gymnasium floor.

JJ Deny, another fourth grade student, rushed over only seconds later holding his egg-drop container ready to see the egg's fate. Scissors snipped, the box opened and JJ cheered. His egg survived.

The rest of the fourth-grade class put their eggs and carriers through the same crucible with nervous gasps after particularly loud, violent impacts and exuberant cheers when eggs were discovered intact.

School ended last week in the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District, and at the end of the year students need to stay engaged academically. "Just because it's the last few days of school doesn't mean there's not a lot to be learned," Tammy Seib Skyview Elementary School principal, said Tuesday. "But we also know that (students) are excited for summer."

Hands-on learning projects, like the egg drop challenge, help keeps the students engaged and learning in the last days of the school year, she said.

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The egg drop challenge brings together the science, technology, engineering and mathematics focused learning the school emphasizes as a STEM school, Seib said, and it incorporates aspects of 21st century learning like teamwork, communication, collaboration and presenting skills.

Students worked in teams Monday to build their egg-drop containers, for which they could only incorporate used items they brought from home, nothing new.

In future years, Seib said she hopes students learn from the challenge this year and build on that experience to improve their designs.

The idea is to teach students to work through the whole engineering process of improving and refining an idea, Seib said. With projects like this, students learn to keep working on something, not just design it, test it and called it done. "We always want to go back and improve," she said. "For this, of course, it's an opportunity for them to learn how to do it better the next time."

When a class finished testing all of their egg-drop containers, Seib knelt down with them and asked, "What did you learn?" Students quickly chimed in, sharing how their team's strategies did and didn't work, and how their designs benefit from collaboration.

Collaboration is one of the 21st century skills Skyview endeavors to pass on to its students, which is why students worked in groups for the egg drop challenge, Seib said.

"I love to see my kids learning how to share and how to bring their ideas together," she said. "They learn that it's not just their way or the highway, it's being able to work together and I've had so many kids tell me 'I wouldn't have thought of that if so-and-so didn't have this idea then we built on it with my idea.'"

School’s out for summer

School in the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District wrapped up the school year last week.

Windsor High School’s graduation ceremony takes place at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland.