Search:
Skip Navigation LinksCherry Creek School District > District News > Pine Ridge students prep for Cardboard Challenge
Print this page

Pine Ridge students prep for Cardboard Challenge

pineridgethumb.jpgStudents bubbled with excitement as they showed off their imaginative Cardboard Challenge designs to classmates.

More than 120 students from grades K-5 filled the gym at Pine Ridge Elementary on Sept. 24 with their handmade cardboard creations ranging from popcorn makers to skee-ball games and model cars.  The students built the projects as part of their STEM class to be displayed during the 3rd Annual Cardboard Challenge hosted by the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation on October 7th at Smoky Hill High School.  STEM teacher Robin Ellenbecker wanted the entire school to experience the students' projects before they show them off to the district.

"I love whole school functions and I thought if they are going to go through the trouble of making these projects, the whole school should be in on it and participate with them," Ellenbecker said. 

Pine Ridge teachers and students from all grades reported to the gym to experience the creations of their classmates. The event wasn't all fun and games however; students had to apply their knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to their projects while building with recyclable materials.

"I think this activity gets the whole school excited about school. That's what we want, we want them to have a good time and they are ... It's been wonderful."

-- Robin Ellenbecker, STEM teacher at Pine Ridge Elementary School

 

Ava Davis is a 4th grader at Pine Ridge Elementary said she found the recycled material component of the project to be a fun twist. "I really like to create things, and I think it is more of a challenge to build things with stuff that you haven't before," she said.

What's more, challenging the students to use their imagination to create works of art fueled the students to do their best in other aspects of their education.

 

 

 

"I think this activity gets the whole school excited about school. That's what we want, we want them to have a good time and they are," Ellenbecker said.  "It's been wonderful."

It's the third year that the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation has funded and organized the event as part of their broader mission. The Foundation's core goal focuses primarily on impacting all CCSD students, investing in innovation and building long-term relationships in the community.

The 3rd Annual Cardboard Challenge is open to all students in the Cherry Creek School District and will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 at Smoky Hill High School, 16100 East Smoky Hill Road in Aurora. Admission is free.  About 600 projects will be displayed. 

Registration for this event will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2015.

Posted 9/30/2015 1:11 PM
Copyright © Cherry Creek School District #5, 4700 S. Yosemite Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 | 303-773-1184
Cherry Creek School District No. 5 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in admission to its programs, services or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs. The Cherry Creek School District No. 5 also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance officer: District Compliance Officer or directly to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region VIII, Federal Office Building 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite #310, Denver, CO 80204.

You are now leaving the Cherry Creek School District (CCSD) portal. Please note that CCSD does not control nor can it guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, completeness, or appropriateness of any content contained on web sites and/or pages outside of the official CCSD portal. The information or opinions contained on these web sites and/or pages do not necessarily represent the views of the CCSD.

With access to the internet comes the availability of material that may not be of educational value or appropriate for students. While at school, CCSD has taken precautions to restrict access to inappropriate or harmful web sites. However, on the internet it is impossible to control all materials and limit all access to information that has no educational value. CCSD firmly believes that the valuable information and the interaction available on the internet far outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of CCSD.