MICDS second graders use Olympics as a learning tool

ST. LOUIS COUNTY - In a building off Warson Road, little minds have been working overtime.

"So what we have here is a video," explains Ellie Windsor, a second grade student at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School.

Not just to learn more about all of the Winter Olympic sports, but to come up with a creative, entertaining and informative project.

"We decided to do a video game it's called Olympic World," said Alexandra Dassopoulos, another second grader.

It was an assignment in which students learned more than the history of each game.

"It didn't turn out exactly like we envisioned it, but we still like it," said Dassopoulos.

Because these MICDS second graders created video games, pop-up books and even a song about each sport.

"It took a lot of work," said Marco Miller.

Ten projects and a plethora of ideas.

"Well, we sort of evolved if from what we have done form the past," said Delia Zacks.

They not only had to create it, but present it to us, their parents and their peers.

"They're using skills like creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking," explained Amy Lamb, one of the second grade teachers.

Skills they'll use throughout life, but let this be a lesson to the rest of us when MICDS second graders are given an assignment they go for gold.


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