By Hannah Goerndt
On Halloween, Mrs. Hastig’s fourth graders were issued a challenge. The class was split into six groups, and were given 50 minutes to create a device that would fly a spider across the room. Whichever group’s spider went the farthest would win. Each group faced their own challenges, Taylor Bruski, Nakona Selle, and Louie Barth attempted to make wings for their spider, and they agreed that it was frustrating for each of them. Kayla Afrank, Mira Metcalf, and Kynlie Moore tried to make something similar to a flying squirrel, but weren’t sure how to go about it. The biggest challenge for Mason Lecoe, Taylor Blaisdell, and Bronson Selle was that they couldn’t agree on one plan to focus on. Kylie Schwartz and Cord Olsen tried to make an airplane that could fly their spider farther than the rest. Cade Huft, Kaydee Dyke, and Abbie Mills tested out different ways to make a slingshot with their balloon. Jackson Enos, Emmalyn Miller and Morgan Hurley or JEM wanted to launch their spider, and even tried putting the spider inside the balloon. Mrs. Hastig hoped that this project would teach her students how to think through their project, and learn how to cooperate better with their peers. The fourth graders admitted that they underestimated the challenges in their projects, and they discussed other factors that affected how the spider would fly. After launching the spiders, it was concluded that Jackson, Emmalyn, and Morgan were the winners of the Flying Spiders Challenge.