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4th & 5th Enrichment

The elementary HAL program is offered after school. Students can participate in one or both of the HAL options described below. 

Destination Imagination (DI)

Students work on Instant Challenge Activities and the DI Team Challenge to prepare for the March regional, April state and potentially for May global finals. This session will be dedicated to the preparation of each competition. The purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, they are seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning. Each Challenge is open-ended and enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. In working to solve Challenges, teams learn 21st-century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, teamwork, and confidence) to build on their unique strengths.    http://www.destinationimagination.org/    

Challenged-Based Learning Activities

Students will work on improvisational activities that embed math, science, and problem-solving. Groups of students can work on challenges that match their interests and talents. On occasion, guest speakers within our community will come to a session. Other designed activities will also be presented to promote the creativity of the students. The focus will be on STEM activities: science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Students apply basic principles of Newton's Third Law of Physics and Friction by experimenting with different levers made out of Kinex (magnets).Students design wind-powered cars and test several designs to determine which is the most efficient use of wind power.Students create a device to prevent ping pong balls from bouncing out of cups after an impact from a free fall. They discuss how safety features of their devices are similar to safety features of automobiles.
Independent Activities

CPS provides information about a variety of academic competitions, including the National Geographic Geography Bee in December, the Delta Kappa Gamma Lambda Spelling Contest in March, and others as they become available.