Bolles Grade 1 students from both the Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus and Lower School Whitehurst Campus gathered for The Great Pumpkin Drop on Oct. 10. Ahead of the event, students worked in teams to design and build protective capsules around pumpkins, with the goal of keeping them intact after a three-story drop. The first graders could only

choose two of the following materials to engineer their cardboard capsules: packing peanuts, air pillows, foam wrap and bubble wrap. Grade 1 teacher Brittany Hetland worked with students to toss each team’s capsule from a balcony on the Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus while the group gathered to watch from a safe distance. While only two of the 20 teams successfully kept their pumpkins from breaking, all learned how to work together and cheer on their classmates during this hands-on seasonal activity.

Photo courtesy Bolles

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