Seventh grade students took their learning outdoors this week, participating in an overnight expedition at Greensfelder Park in Eureka, Missouri. Students participated in a variety of activities designed to extend their classroom learning, including the Alpine Tower experience and the creation of Andy Goldsworthy inspired art.
The Alpine Tower is a 52 foot tall structure designed to present challenges similar to rock climbing and high ropes courses. The tower provides many routes, with varying difficulty options, and students were able to select the path best suited for their needs and experience level, setting goals for the course they chose. The challenge of the tower is a great way to build confidence and encourage students to support one another. As part of the process, students completed a reflection guide which allowed them to chart their path up the tower and to evaluate their progress towards their goal.
During a hike through the park, students were tasked with creating art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. Goldsworthy, a British sculptor, photographer, and environmentalist is known for constructing site-specific art using all natural materials. The pieces created by students were inspired by the global problems that they’re researching as part of their communication arts class. Issues addressed through student choice included poverty, war, LGBTQ rights, homelessness, and water scarcity.
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