Creativity takes flight at Christiansburg school in cardboard challenge

>October 4, 2014

Creativity takes flight at Christiansburg school in cardboard challenge

Creativity takes flight at Christiansburg school in cardboard challengeCreativity takes flight at Christiansburg school in cardboard challenge

CHRISTIANSBURG — Beginning today, some of the most creative scientific minds in the state will be on display in the first-ever Virginia Science Festival.

Some of those minds will be the very same ones working each day at the desks of Christiansburg Elementary School.

For the past two weeks, more than 110 of the school’s third- through fifth-grade students designed and built transportation-themed projects out of recyclable material as part of the festival’s Cardboard World Challenge.

On Friday, the school’s multipurpose room was packed with a variety of homemade planes, trains, automobiles and even spaceships. Some were the size of a model car, while others were large enough to fit students inside. Many had working parts.

“It’s beautiful because it’s their idea, their creation, their work, and it’s what they’re learning. This is how you learn,” Principal Kelly Roark said.

Four judges were tasked with selecting about 25 of the projects to fill the school’s designated space at Virginia Tech’s Moss Art Center today.

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