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Challenge Centre Programs at Brock

Elementary
Program Descriptions 2014-2015
1. NOTABLE NARRATIVES
Grades 6/7: TERM 1 September 23, 24, 30, Oct. 1/2014
Students will be exposed to a variety of writing techniques to help them build stories with complex
characters, dialogue, plot and setting. They will learn how to place the reader in the middle of the
action, and how to engage their audience. Students will have the opportunity to write narrative fiction
and to share their ideas with other writers in the group. Finally, students will be encouraged to bring
these ideas to their classroom and continue with their love of writing in their free time.
Students Must:
enjoy writing stories or have shown a demonstrated and developed interest in writing.
enjoy sharing ideas with others and are able to express ideas in written and verbal format.
are able to self-initiate and self-manage creative projects.
enjoy thinking creatively, critically, and deeply.
be able to listen and respect the views of others.
2. HISTORICAL MATHEMATICIANS Grades 6/7: TERM 1 October 14, 15, 21, 22/ 2014
This module is for students who are interested in math and learning about famous mathematicians and
their theories. Students will learn about mathematical concepts developed by the likes of Pythagorus,
Archimedes, Napier, and Pascal, and will have the opportunity to work with numbers and solve many
complex problems.
Students Must:
enjoy math and have an understanding of math beyond simple computation.
be interested in learning about the famous mathematicians.
are able to self-initiate and work on solving complex problems that may be challenging.
Enjoy thinking creatively, critically, and deeply about math.
3. ENGINEERS UNITE
Grades 6/7: TERM 1
October 28, 29, November 4, 5/ 2014
Students will learn about engineering principles such as tension and compression, and will have the
opportunity to engage in a variety of hands-on challenges that require team-work and complex problem
solving. Students will learn the design process and will be involved in thinking about how engineers
change our world for the better. We will look at different types of engineering, the design process, and
allow for ample opportunity to build, design, and create.
Students Must:
demonstrate an interest in building and creating structures
have strong visual spatial skills
be able to generate ideas
work cooperatively with other students and be willing to share ideas

Challenge Centre Programs at Brock


Elementary
Program Descriptions 2014-2015

4. BUILDING POTENIAL

Grades 4/5:

TERM 1

November 18, 19, 25, 26/ 2014___

Students will explore the process and product of engineering: planning,


innovation, and design. Students will develop problem-solving skills, and will work
on fostering the application of science concepts and engineering techniques.
Students will create structures, discover forces acting upon structures, build
bridges, and participate in a variety of engineering challenges.
Students Must:
demonstrate an interest in building and creating structures
have strong visual spatial skills
be able to generate ideas
work cooperatively with other students and be willing to share ideas
5. POETIC PICASSOS

Grade 4/5:

TERM 1

_______

December 2, 3, 9,10/ 2014

Students will explore communication through art and poetry. Emphasis will be
placed on the use of words to convey meaning, and students will review concepts
of imagery, metaphors and similes, and the use of alliteration in poetry. Students
will learn about famous poets, and will have the opportunity to write and create
their own poems. Following, we will learn about famous artists, the movements
they are associated with, and how to create art using similar artistic techniques.
Students Must:
have highly advanced visual and linguistic skills
enjoy taking risks in writing and creating art
be self motivated and independent
be able to generate original work that reflects a creative imagination
6. BOOK IT
Grade 6: TERM 1 & 2
November 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 29, Feb. 26th
Students will meet four times over the course of Term One and Two to discuss fourfive novels that are pre-selected. Students will be required to read the book on
their own, and come to the group willing to discuss ideas and themes of the novel.
The will be required to complete activities related to the novel, and finally, to
create their own learning portfolio about the books read.
The Theme for Book It! this year is: Leadership- The Journey. Once Accepted,
students will be sent a copy of the booklist.

Challenge Centre Programs at Brock


Elementary
Program Descriptions 2014-2015
Students Must:
be advanced readers
devour books and be motivated to read beyond grade level
enjoy discussing ideas and themes in literature
be self-initiating autonomous learners

7. DELIBERATE DEBATORS

Grades 6/7:

TERM 2____

January 6, 7, 13, 14/2015

Students will learn how to debate a given topic and learn critical thinking and presentation skills. They
will learn basic terminology used in debates, how to support their reasons, how to offer rebuttals, how
to analyze arguments, and how to cross-examine their opponents. This program fosters abstract
thinking, ethics, persuasion and public speaking.
Students Must:
demonstrate abstract thinking abilities
have strong organizational skills in order to construct logical arguments
demonstrate good public speaking skills
be able to write persuasively to format arguments
demonstrate strong research skills

8. ARCHITECTS ALIGN
Grades 5:
TERM 2
__ January 27, 28, Feb. 3, 4/ 2015
Students will study the built environment, and look at structure, design and
architectural elements in order to create their own buildings and town plans.
Students will have opportunities to draw, design, construct, and work
collaboratively with classmates.
Students Must:
demonstrate an interest in building and creating structures.
enjoy drawing and design.
have strong visual/spatial skills.
be able to work independently
willing to share ideas with others in our community of learning

Challenge Centre Programs at Brock


Elementary
Program Descriptions 2014-2015
9. BRILLIANT BUILDERS

Grades 3/4:

TERM 2

February 10, 11, 17, 18/ 2015____

Students will study the built environment, and look at structure, design and
architectural elements in order to create their own buildings and town plans.
Students will have opportunities to draw, design, construct, and work
collaboratively with classmates. Not only will students learn about famous
architects, but they will study famous buildings and learn about elements such as
tension, compression, and form and function.
Students Must:
demonstrate an interest in building and creating structures.
enjoy drawing and design.
have strong visual/spatial skills.
be able to work independently
willing to share ideas with others in our community of learning.
10. OPERATION CIVILIZATION
Grades 3/4: TERM 3
March 24, 25, 31, April 1/ 2015
Students will create a project that involves designing, writing, and drawing their
own invented civilization. Students will use their problem solving skills in order to
examine elements of society such as laws, language, belief systems, cultural
identity, geography, and technology.
Students Must:
create a multi-step project independently
demonstrate advanced skills in language arts, social studies, and visual arts
possess time management and organizational skills
be creative and enjoy problem solving
be willing to work cooperatively with other students and to share ideas
11. MATHEMATICIANS MEET UP

Grades 5/6: TERM 3

___ April 7, 8, 14, 15/ 2015

This module is for intermediate students who are interested in math and learning about famous
mathematicians and their theories. Students will learn about mathematical concepts developed by the
likes of Pythagorus, Archimedes, Napier, and Pascal, and will have the opportunity to work with
numbers and solve many complex problems. Students will also have the opportunity to create math
games, and to participate in hands on manner.
Students Must:
enjoy math and have an understanding of math beyond simple computation.
be interested in learning about the famous mathematicians.

Challenge Centre Programs at Brock


Elementary
Program Descriptions 2014-2015

are able to self-initiate and work on solving complex problems that may be challenging.
Enjoy thinking creatively, critically, and deeply about math.

12. BOARD GAME BUILDERS

Grades 4/5:

TERM 3

April 20, 21, 22/ 2015

In this program, students will create and design their own board game. Students
will focus on learning strategy and incorporating thoughtful elements of design
into their games. They will create rules, strategy, game cards, written
instructions, player pieces, and will evaluate their own strategies and concepts.
Students Must:
be able to create a multi-step project independently
enjoy strategy games, problem solving, and creating new products of learning
possess time management and organizational skills
be interested in designing their own game to share with others
13. INVENTIONEERING

Grades 2/3:

TERM 3

___

May 4, 5, 6/ 2015

Students will be provided with opportunities to invent, design and construct


through the application of creative problem solving strategies and basic design
techniques. We will explore physical science concepts such as motion, friction
gravity, balance, and energy, as well as discover famous inventors who have
made significant contributions in science.
Students Must:
possess good problems solving skills
be interested in science concepts and enjoy hands on learning
be motivated and work independently with challenges
be able to work as a team and share ideas with others

14. CREATIVE THINK TANK

Grades 2/3:

TERM 3

May 11, 12, 13, / 2015

Students will meet over a variety of challenges that foster creativity, critical
thinking, and problem solving. Students will learn about theories of intelligence,
philosophy, the creative problem solving process as well as learning and practicing
instant challenges that will have them thinking on the spot.
Students Must:

Challenge Centre Programs at Brock


Elementary
Program Descriptions 2014-2015

demonstrate strong critical and creative thinking skills in class


have strong team work skills
demonstrate a strong work ethic
be a self-initiating and focused learner

15. SCIENCE ADVENTURES

Grade 1: TERM 3

May 19, 20/ 2015

This hands on program is designed for young scientist enthusiasts. Students will
be introduced to branches of science such as chemistry, physics, biology, and
astronomy. Students will be challenged to think critically and creatively in a fast
paced, hands on science environment.
Students Must:
excel in creative hands-on activities
possess good problem solving skills
be able to work independently
enjoy science and learning about science concepts
16. AWESOME AUTHORS
Grades 2/3: TERM 3 __
May 25, 26, 27/2015
Students will be exposed to a variety of writing techniques to help them build stories with characters,
beginning dialogue, plot and setting. They will learn how to enhance their authorship skills and learn
about famous writers. Students will have the opportunity to write narrative fiction and to share their
ideas with other writers in the group. Finally, students will be encouraged to bring these ideas to their
classroom and continue with their love of writing in their free time.
Students Must:
enjoy writing stories or have shown a developed interest in writing.
enjoy sharing ideas with others and are able to express ideas in written and verbal format.
are able to self-initiate and self-manage creative projects.
enjoy thinking creatively, critically, and deeply.
be able to listen and respect the views of others