Daniels Run ES first graders in Ms. Novak’s class were challenged by their teacher to create sample obstacles for the America Ninja Warrior television show. The host and show were so impressed by the six and seven-year olds’ work they showcased the cardboard creations on their website. This week, the Fairfax Connection profiled the students and their obstacles on their cover.
The project-based learning lesson was created by the teacher after hearing her students talk about the show during snack time. The students worked in groups all while identifying shapes and using engineering skills to problem solve. Using the school’s Innovation Space, the first graders worked with classroom volunteer Alan Friedman to create the obstacles.