Engineering and Design
Madison students worked with mentor Staci Leech-Cornell to explore the world of engineering. Through a series of cooperative challenges, students worked to create robots, tables and other creations from recyclable materials. Students also took part in the Egg Drop Challenge, using various materials to engineer a design that would protect a raw egg when dropped from a certain height. There were a few “scrambles,” but overall the results were “sunny side up!”


Challenge America – Patterns
US Geologic Survey biologist Doug Chambers and his wife, watercolorist Janet Chambers presented a lesson at Madison Middle School on patterns. Doug discussed patterns found in nature such as shells, leaves, vegetables and animal prints and what the purpose was for each. Students learned about camouflage with certain animal prints and how some animals use their patterns to work together to evade predators. After this discussion, Janet led the students through an activity where she distributed images from nature and asked students to focus on a small area of pattern. Students then took their pattern samples and recreated them as watercolor artwork. 


Leading the Charge
Madison students learned about leadership, communication and team building with mentor Lewis Ferguson.  The students worked on several project based learning teams throughout the mentor session, exploring engineering, geometry and other disciplines – all with a group learning focus. Students explored the traits of good leaders, including: modeling the way; enabling others to act; encouraging the heart; practicing effective communication and inspiring a shared vision.


International Relations
Students at Madison Middle School were treated to visits by special guests Mariama and Isata Kouroma who discussed their homeland of Sierra Leone and its traditions and culture.  Students even tried their hand at speaking the language and playing games of Mancala, a traditional African game of strategic and critical thinking.


Acting Out
Students also worked with actress Leah Turley.
 During her mentorship, Leah worked with the students on developing confidence, creativity, team-building and other life skills.  Students worked in cooperative groups as they created their own skits and performed them in front of fellow students and parents!


Mural Project
Mentors Ian Bode and Katheryne Hawkins worked with Madison students to design and create a school mural. This project provided much opportunity for teamwork, creative thinking and problem solving as students had limited space and tons of ideas! The end result celebrates the spirit of the Redhawks, capturing the excitement of art, music, sports and learning present at Madison Middle.


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