Envision you and your team of fellow scientists, working in a remote forest, discover a cure for a disease infecting your town. In order to return home and save the town's people you must cross a 15-foot river of molten lava. All you have is a rope suspended over the river and your teammates to safely cross and save the town. You know that working together you can meet this challenge and save everyone.
Thanks to a $9,210 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, this will be a typical day for students, staff, parents, and community organizations that experience the Lion's Den Team Challenge Course.
This course, constructed from telephone poles, steel wire, rope and other items, has been built in the Freehold Borough School District (Monmouth County). All students in grades 3-8 will experience the physical challenges the course presents for teams to overcome. Learning outcomes cross over typical social barriers such as race, gender, and socioeconomic background to empower those participants to learn about each other and take advantage of each person's strengths. On an individual level, a student is constantly encouraged to safely take new risks and reach new levels of personal accomplishment.
Teachers John Brovak, Sue Crist, Susan Hom, Chuck Latshaw, Christopher B. Naspo, and Cheryl Zoll will coordinate course activity in the belief that its use will improve critical thinking, group dynamics, inclusion, creativity, fitness, communication and citizenship.
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