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Hampstead Elementary Students Participate in Einstein Challenge

Release Date: 5/11/2009 9:10:51 AM

Nineteen fifth grade students at Hampstead Elementary School are participating in a unique, one of a kind program called the Einstein Challenge. The program will culminate with a celebration and awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at the school. Students will be showcasing over 50 projects for parents and the community.
The Einstein Challenge, which has been taking place throughout the school year, is designed for fifth grade accelerated math students. The students choose projects that encompass a range of subject areas including math, science, social studies, literature, and grammar, as well as music, art, and culture. Students are required to complete the projects on their own time. Forty-five minutes a week is designated during the school day for students to ask questions and receive guidance.
Students may choose from fifty different challenges. Projects include creating a travel brochure about one of The Seven Wonders of the World, studying questions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Test, researching and studying an architectural style throughout history, and creating a filmstrip of the life of Einstein. Students may also choose to create a dinosaur exhibit for the Museum of Natural History in Washington, design a magazine cover based on the decade of their choice, research the history and symbols of the U.S. flag and design a flag for their family, or research the events that led to the composition of the National Anthem and write a newspaper article and sing the national anthem.
For each completed activity, students earn points which they can bank. Students who achieve 500 points earn Junior Einstein status. Students earning 1000 points qualify for Senior Einstein status.
According to Heidi Brewer, gifted and talented resource teacher at Hampstead, “This competitive program challenges and motivates the students. It provides them with activities above and beyond what they are doing in the classroom. The focus is not just about completing the project, but demonstrating quality and excellence as well

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