2024 Education Magazine

Page 18 Excellence In Education Lincoln Daily News January 2024 Exploring Innovation and Engagement in Lincoln Elementary School District 27 It’s a time of innovation and excitement at Lincoln Elementary School District 27 as students dive into cutting-edge projects that extend beyond traditional classrooms. One standout initiative is Mrs. Dietrich’s STEAM class, where fifth-grade students are not only learning about renewable energy but actively participating in the KidWind Renewable Energy Challenge through the Challenger Learning Center. In this unique program, students have had the chance to design prototype wind turbine blades, bringing a hands-on, real-world element to their learning experience. The excitement is building as teams from Northwest, Central, and Washington-Monroe prepare to showcase their creativity and talent at the Challenger Learning Center on Heartland Community College's campus on February 14, 2024. The KidWind Renewable Energy Challenge is not your typical competition. Beyond designing and testing wind turbine blades, students will engage in various challenges throughout the day, highlighting their problem-solving skills and creativity. What makes this event even more exceptional is the opportunity for participating teams to tour the new Electric Vehicle Lab and take part in a solar panel challenge in the college's state-of-the-art lab space. These additional activities go beyond the traditional scope of such competitions, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of renewable energy. Exposing them to the new technologies and developments in the field fosters a curiosity that goes beyond the classroom, preparing them for a future where sustainable energy solutions are necessary. Kent Froebe Superintendent District 27 Elementary Schools