Endeavor Elementary Idea Takes to the Air

Endeavor Elementary Idea Takes to the Air
Posted on 06/01/2018
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endeavor students taking part in blimp projectStudents at Endeavor Elementary School recently participated in the Cincinnati Architecture Foundation’s educational outreach program, Design Lab. The project based learning competition is a free, hands-on program for K-12 teachers in Greater Cincinnati.

The fifth grade math plus students in Teri Hatfield and Molly Adams’ class took on the “Food for Thought” theme, which challenged students to push the limits of where and how food is made, bought and consumed. The class looked at existing spaces and explored how they could be improved.

Ella Enman, Alexa Jensen and Caylee Rosenbeck received the “Inspired Innovator” award for their project, “Food for Friends Blimps.” The award recognized their creativity and innovative design.

The team wanted to find a way to deliver food to homeless people and nursing homes throughout the world. While other groups were contemplating buildings, Ella, Alexa and Caylee looked to the skies. The trio decided that building a structure would have more negative impact on the environment than a blimp because trees would need to be cut down for construction. Choosing blimps as their delivery vehicle would enable food to reach difficult areas while also reducing fossil fuel consumption. Ella noted that the group wanted “to be green to help the environment and be sustainable.”

“We wanted our project to stand for helping the needy,” said Ella. Caylee and Alexa went on to explain that having a blimp in every country would enable food from that region to be dropped in open fields or at airports. Homeless shelters would be able to place their order in ahead of time & would then be notified about pick-up time.

Hatfield was impressed by the dedication her students showed while working on the project. “When the building began, there was no holding these kids back. They formed an idea, and started building. Molly and I stepped back and they controlled it all. There were so many different ideas and when the girls started it, It was wonderful to see their idea take place.”