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Elves make successful landings at Libertyville school

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  • Video: Copeland Elf Drop

  • First-grader Alex Vincic joins classmates using iPads to record the flight of their Elf Drop projects at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville. Students used paper cups, string, yarn, tape, tissue and coffee filters to design containers so their elves could float safely to the ground from the top of the gym.

      First-grader Alex Vincic joins classmates using iPads to record the flight of their Elf Drop projects at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville. Students used paper cups, string, yarn, tape, tissue and coffee filters to design containers so their elves could float safely to the ground from the top of the gym.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Copeland Manor School physical education teacher Chris Ramlow drops a parachute from a lift as first-graders watch their Elf Drop projects float to the ground Monday at the Libertyville school.

      Copeland Manor School physical education teacher Chris Ramlow drops a parachute from a lift as first-graders watch their Elf Drop projects float to the ground Monday at the Libertyville school.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • An elf in a cup before it floats down during the second annual Elf Drop at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville.

      An elf in a cup before it floats down during the second annual Elf Drop at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com

First-graders at Copeland Manor School watched breathlessly as elves in handmade parachutes were dropped from a lift high in the gym Monday during the Elf Drop. Almost 60 students participated in the second-annual event at the Libertyville school as part of a science unit.

"We do this project in a way to let them practice their STEM design challenging. It lets them practice researching and creating something and then working on something that doesn't necessarily always work all the time," first-grade teacher Nichole Vipond said. "They loved it and they loved being in charge and being able to be in control with minimal guidance from the teachers."

Elves were chosen because of the popularity of the Elf on A Shelf toy, and it was good way to hook in on the elf mania, she said.

Physical education teacher Chris Ramlow took the designs from each of the classes and went up on a lift in the gym until his head nearly touched the ceiling. He dropped each elf design while students watched them float to the ground with varying success.

"The elf on mine was in a little cup that was connected to a coffee filter. I was trying to do a few different things and it safely came down to the ground," first-grader Francis Tscheyka said after using an iPad to record his parachute as it floated from the lift. "My heart was pounding and I kept wondering 'is this was going to work, is this going to work' and it worked."

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