Sixth Grade Field Trip to the New York Hall of Science
On Monday, December 11, 2017, the sixth grade classes took a field trip to the New York Hall of Science, located in Queens, New York. The group started off the trip by participating in their very own Design Lab, where students were paired up and challenged to build a pinball machine! Students used corks, rubber bands, pegs, and wooden blocks to create mazes and obstacles for a wooden ball to bounce through. Although no group was completely successful in launching their wooden ball, students had a blast experimenting with different materials to try and make it work.
After working up an appetite, students enjoyed lunch in the dining hall. Next, the sixth graders explored the Hall’s Sports Challenge, where they raced simulated wheelchairs, participated in virtual arm wrestling tournaments, and spun a series of wheels to observe how the pattern of pulleys changed. Many students tested their balance through the Surf Simulator and admired the tremendous village of gingerbread houses. One student even challenged Mr. Nuess to a throwing contest to see who could throw the baseball fastest in the simulator. Remarkably, Mr. Nuess beat the student with a whopping 64 miles per hour throw! Overall, students had a fantastic time exploring the different aspects of science and they will be sure to return for some more fun next year!