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NN elementary students excel at Engineering Design Challenge
Students design and build machines to move cargo

Superintendent Ashby Kilgore and Chief Academic Officer Brian Nichols congratulate the 1st Place winning team from B.C. Charles Elementary.

(05/23/2016) - The challenge gave the second and third-grade students the opportunity to learn more about simple machines and their impact: Using furnished materials, design and build a machine that will move a cargo container from the port yard to a train.

That was the task assigned to teams of second and third-grade students from each elementary school in Newport News Public Schools who participated in an Engineering Design Challenge presented by the Port of Virginia on Friday, June 10, 2016, at Newsome Park Elementary School.

The design challenge, Shore to Store, began with an introduction that explained six simple machines: wedge, inclined plane, wheel and axle, screw, pulley and lever. Students were given a specified amount of time to brainstorm with their teammates, draft their designs, and build and test their simple machines before presenting their machine and task to the judges. Student teams earned points based on their design and how well it functioned.

The team from B.C. Charles Elementary School earned first place; Deer Park Elementary School's team took second place and Hilton Elementary School's team earned third place in the Shore to Store challenge.

During the design and build process, students learned more about the basic principles of simple machines, how they work and how they impact our lives.

The Design Challenge is part of the school district's ongoing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math education) initiative.

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2nd Place: Deer Park Elementary 3rd Place: Hilton Elementary