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Walt Disney Fourth Graders Use Learning to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Walt Disney Students work on STEM project

Teachers are always looking for ways to blend creativity and learning in order to help engage students. Click to see the full photo gallery below.


On Friday, March 16, Disney fourth grade teachers accomplished that creativity by designing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) project with a St. Patrick’s Day theme.


The project was called the “Leprechaun Tower.” The students were put into small groups and were tasked with constructing a tower to hold the leprechaun’s pot of gold (container full of pennies) using only the materials provided. The materials were straws, pipe cleaners, a Dixie Cup, masking tape and 50-100 pennies.


Groups were allowed 10 minutes to plan and 30 minutes to build their tower. At the end of the 30 minutes, the groups started the testing by dropping pennies into the container. The tower that could hold the most pennies without collapsing would be declared the winner.