Five years ago, after learning about K’NEX building sets at a teachers’ convention, Linda Dickinson, first through fourth grade teacher at Jasper Adventist Christian School (Jasper, Tenn.), purchased a bridge building set and lesson plans from the company. She later learned about a free K’NEX contest for elementary students, so she entered her first, second, third, and fourth classes in the K’NEXpert Classroom Challenge.
She and her students were happily surprised that first year when the first-grade entry won. The first-grade entry won again following year.
“Each year since I have entered this contest, which is a great learning experience,” Dickinson said. “The children have to follow specific guidelines and write reports about their projects.”
Dickinson said using K'NEX as part of her curriculum makes it easy to incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education into her classrooms. This year’s contest required first and second graders to build a family farm and third and fourth graders to build a water wheel.
“We are very excited to be chosen again this year for not just one class but two!” she said.
Both the first-grade entry and the fourth-grade entry were selected as winning classes. Each child in the winning class receives a $20 box of K’NEX, and the teacher is given a $350 credit to spend at the K’NEX store for each winning class! From previous winnings, Dickinson has purchased a giant box of K’NEX geometry and math sets and additional bridge sets. She and her students are truly honored to represent Jasper Adventist Christian School and to have won the 2013 K’NEXpert Classroom Challenge!
Written by Linda Dickinson, first through fourth grade teacher at Jasper Adventist Christian School