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Sixth Graders Design Creative and Innovative Solutions to Issues Faced at Valley Forge

During their STEAM VI class, sixth graders came up with creative and innovative solutions to issues that the troops at Valley Forge would have faced during the winter in 1777 and 1778.
Boys worked in small groups to research a problem that soldiers would likely have faced at this time, created a bibliography, delineated a solution in writing, and finally designed and built a prototype. The problems tackled ranged from the spread of disease through spoiled foods to poor insulation in huts. Each solution and innovation demonstrated a level of critical thinking as well as a strong understanding of the resources available at the time.
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