DMS offers students the opportunity to realize potential … energy

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The aim of the Expo is to give students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in class, according to teacher Damian Sobolik.

“The kids have been studying energy for the past month, month and a half … we want to give some value to the vocabulary we’ve learned, so we ran this project instead of a test,” said Solbolik.
Sobolik said the students couldn’t use batteries or any type of electricity to power their toys, instead they had two weeks to convert the potential energy of their creation into kinetic energy, which means they had to find a way to get theirs Set toys in motion.

To provide students with the tools to realize their potential, i.e. their potential energy. On March 3, Dickinson Middle School 6th grade science students gathered their projects and teams for the second annual Toy Expo. (MC Amick / The Dickinson Press)

In that time frame, Sobolik’s students were able to create a variety of toys, such as a sling car called a “Time Flyer,” balloon darts, a Wham-Bam balloon launcher, and a mini-finger golf course instead of using a marble instead Bullet.

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Sixth grader Leyton Weigel said the team had been working on the project for around two weeks. However, Weigel handed over to Macy Eckelberg, whom he appointed as team leader.

Sixth grader Eckelberg and her team created a marble mini golf course.

Eckelberg said the team created the project in a week and a half of the two-week timeframe. She described the project as follows:

“It’s a mini golf course … you use your finger as a club and you hit it right there in the circle … you use the lines as a guide,” said Eckelberg.

Wiegel said the team built separate pieces of each and then put them all together to create the course.

To provide students with the tools to realize their potential, i.e. their potential energy.  On March 3, Dickinson Middle School 6th grade science students gathered their projects and teams for the second annual Toy Expo.  (MC Amick / The Dickinson Press)

To provide students with the tools to realize their potential, i.e. their potential energy. On March 3, Dickinson Middle School 6th grade science students gathered their projects and teams for the second annual Toy Expo. (MC Amick / The Dickinson Press)

Like the potential of the students, the expo wasn’t limited to Sobolik’s classroom. Allison Grosz, a 6th grade teacher, also hosted the exhibition with her students.

In Grosz’s classroom, the students tinkered with fully functional slings, a roller coaster for balls instead of people, a self-made car with a ramp, sling arrows, a hockey game with an arena out of a cardboard box, goals made of plastic straws, a scoreboard made out of a disposable bowl, popsicles in The shape of a hockey stick and what looked like a small ball for a puck. The students called their creation “Hockey Shot”.

To provide students with the tools to realize their potential, i.e. their potential energy.  On March 3, Dickinson Middle School 6th grade science students gathered their projects and teams for the second annual Toy Expo.  (MC Amick / The Dickinson Press)

To provide students with the tools to realize their potential, i.e. their potential energy. On March 3, Dickinson Middle School 6th grade science students gathered their projects and teams for the second annual Toy Expo. (MC Amick / The Dickinson Press)

In Grosz’s classroom, there was also a unique creation called “water soccer”. Like Hockey Shot, water soccer is a makeshift plastic arena

This project brought out the inner scientist or engineer in some students, one of whom is Eckelberg, who now says she wants to work in a STEM field.

While many students discovered their love for science, technology, engineering, and math, others found they had a knack for the business and advertising side. Each team, Sobolik said, had to create their own ads, commercials, etc. to sell their products, and every visitor to Sobolik’s classroom was given an alleged $ 100 bill to cast their “votes” or “buy” the product . The team with the most money receives five bonus points.

To provide students with the tools to realize their potential, i.e. their potential energy.  On March 3, Dickinson Middle School 6th grade science students gathered their projects and teams for the second annual Toy Expo.  (MC Amick / The Dickinson Press)

To provide students with the tools to realize their potential, i.e. their potential energy. On March 3, Dickinson Middle School 6th grade science students gathered their projects and teams for the second annual Toy Expo. (MC Amick / The Dickinson Press)

“We have an 80/20 system, 20 percent for daily work, 80 percent for projects and tests, it has a little more value, there was (an) urgency … it’s a life skill, we learn life skills,” said Sobolik .

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