Reaching New Heights at Orenda Springs Field Trip
Tuesday, October 19th, 2021—Never stop exploring with the Syracuse Academy of Science 6th grade Project Based Learning (PBL) students!
The PBL students said yes to new adventures during their team bonding field trip to Orenda Springs. Throughout the day, the students embodied the phrase, ‘your wings already exist. All you have to do is fly,’ when participating in the experiential learning challenges of the high and low ropes courses. These courses are not only physically challenging, but mentally as well which allowed the students to work on building trust with themselves and their fellow classmates.
In the Low Ropes courses, it tested the Atoms problem solving, organization and creative thinking skills, along with their patience, as it required the full cooperation and participation from all the PBL students.
The High Ropes course allowed for the students to step outside of their comfort zone and to overcome their fears. This course is unique in the sense that the 'high' heights vary along the challenge. In addition to working on overcoming their fears, Atoms learned the importance of supporting their teammates, enhancing their problem solving skills, trusting one another, clear communication, and the responsibility for not only their actions but others, as well.
The field trip to Orenda Springs was a great opportunity for all the students to practice their creative thinking skills, all while exploring and enhancing their leadership and problem solving skills.
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