3-5, Art, Creative Thinking, Education, Games, Student Products

Theme Park Ride Winners

This summer, some other GT teachers and I got together to host some free online classes through Edmodo for our 3rd-5th graders.  My class is called, “Make a Theme Park.”  Each week, the students are invited to make something for a theme park that they have imagined. Last week, the challenge was to build a model of a theme park ride.  With a great introduction video from the awesome Joey Hudy, our “celebrity judge” for the week, and some links I provided, the students were assigned to create projects that were: fun, creative, and had at least one moving part.  Their videos and/or pictures of their inventions were posted by Thursday evening on Padlets that I created for the purpose. On Friday, Joey Hudy announced the winners.  He admitted, and I completely agree, that choosing the winners was extremely difficult!  I was blown away by the intricacies of each one, and it was really fun to see how different they were.  Each week we have two categories – one for the family to enter together, or one that the individual student can enter.  Here are the winners:

  • Family Theme Park Ride – “The Sparking Spur” – I don’t have a good image of this one, as only video was provided.  However, as you may or may not know, we live in San Antonio – home of the 2014 World Champion Spurs basketball team. This ride celebrates our awesome team and city by starting at the AT&T Center, going past the Tower of the Americas and the Alamo, and ending at the River Walk.
  • Individual Theme Park Ride – “Kittyana Jones”
yarn bolder pushes the cart off  the ledge and into the box of rubber band  snakes!
Move the lever up, and the yarn boulder pushes the cart off the
ledge and into the box of rubber band

I want to give shout outs to the other amazing entries:

  • The BGW (Bubble Gum Water Blaster) – Ride down a slide as you are pelted by water balloons and splash into a pool.
  • The All-Star – Spun by a K’nex motor, this ride offers you a basketball hoop to sit in and features Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.
  • Turning Tail Over Scale – I wish I could show you a picture of this one, but all I have is video and the screen shots are blurry.  This innovative inventor used a pencil sharpener to turn her ferris wheel!
  • Dolphin Ferris Wheel dolphin
  • Best Way to Hogwarts hogwarts

If you are interested in the idea of getting your students more involved with making, here are some other resources for you:


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