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Fifth Grade Students Experience U.S. National Whitewater Center

Fifth grade recently went on a field trip to the US National Whitewater Center. While at the facility, students got a chance to learn how the center builds their ziplines that tower over the visitors.  Students even got a chance to build their own miniature zipline.  We explored concepts of gravity, inertia, friction, momentum, and mass and how they all work together to create a successful and safe zipline.  After engineering our own ziplines, students, staff, and parents got to participate in the ziplines, ropes courses, and rock wall. 

Here’s what our students had to say about the trip:

“I liked making the zipline because we got to do it with our friends and use our brains.” 

“I liked the activities we did and that they care for nature. I liked how they showed us how to build ziplines.” 

“I thought the trip was fun. I had a blast on the high ropes course with my friends. It was terrifying to be that high up but I got through it and had a blast.”

“I enjoyed making the zipline. My favorite part was going up and down the ropes course.”

I thought the trip was really fun. I liked doing the high ropes course and building our own zip line. It was cool to be able to partner up with kids from other classes too.”

“The USNWC was so cool. We got to rock climb as much as we wanted. I liked it because once you hit the top you could kick off the wall while you were lowered down.”

“I liked building the zipline because it helped my friends and I learn team building skills. We worked together with a small amount of materials. We shared ideas and discussed what to do and not to do.”

“I loved rock climbing. Rock climbing was really fun and everybody got a chance to climb each wall. Even if you didn’t make it to the top, you still felt like you made it.”