Innovation Center

May 2018

Upcyclothon Results

The inaugural Upcyclothon concluded last week with a showcase of all the students' cardboard projects. Students in Ms. Loerch's research class constructed, decorated, and presented the following projects: robot, two-story house, basketball game, body armor, one-story house, igloo, pool table, Pac-Man game, roller coaster, winged monster, and a claw machine.

Students used markers and spray paint to decorate their projects, and then they prepared a Google Slides presentation for five judges. Thank you to Turnaround Solutions for judging. Community members also contributed to the judging with guest judges Karen Prichard from Read to Me (canine therapy/reading group) and Ildi Hosman from Junior Achievement. Students were judged on design & craftsmanship, use of materials, creativity, decoration, and presentation. The winners won cardboard ribbons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Isabella and Michael won 1st place for their fully functional pool table. Darrel won 2nd place for his body armor and sword. Ayden, Chyann, Zalinda, and Katie won 3rd place for their two-story dream house.

Mrs. Wiggins and Ms. White also brought their classes by for students to see the projects and to vote on a student choice winner. The student choice winning projects were the pool table, winged monster, basketball game, and the two-story house. Hopefully, even more students and teachers can participate in the Upcyclothon next year.

Instructional Partnerships

If you are interested in forming an instructional partnership with Ms. Ratliff but were unable to this year, next year is the perfect time to start! The Warrington Middle School Innovation Center was just awarded a Cox Communications Innovation Grant to do a project with Story Corps. The goal is to challenge our students to become better listeners, conversationalists, and informed citizens. Ms. Ratliff can't wait to share more information about the project with teachers in the fall. Until then, if you are unfamiliar with Story Corps, you can stream the Story Corps podcast, listen to Story Corps interviews on NPR, and visit their website:

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