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NN elementary students participated in Historical Engineering Design Challenge

The first place Yates team is pictured with School Board <br>member Carlton Ashby and Superintendent Ashby Kilgore.
The first place Yates team is pictured with School Board
member Carlton Ashby and Superintendent Ashby Kilgore.

(01/27/2017) -The challenge was to design and build a trap that the Eastern Woodland Indians would have used to capture a small animal. That was the task facing teams of second and third-grade students from each elementary school in Newport News Public Schools who participated in the Design Challenge presented by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation on Thursday, January 26, at Newsome Park Elementary School.

The design challenge, A Mystery Trapped in History, began with a history lesson about Powhatan Indians who lived in Virginia's Coastal Plain. The team then assumed the role of historians for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation to determine how the Powhatans made small traps using their knowledge about their life and the engineering design process. The teams worked together to develop a possible solution to how the Powhatan people may have trapped, and using provided materials, designed, built and tested their animal trap.

Yates Elementary School placed first in the challenge, followed by Newsome Park Elementary School in second. The design teams from Sanford Elementary School and Nelson Elementary School tied for third.

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

The Newsome Park design team placed second.

The Newsome Park design team placed second.

The Sanford and Nelson design teams tied for third.

The Sanford and Nelson design teams tied for third.