Students in grades 6 through 8 can choose to participate on the school’s FIRST LEGO League’s (FLL) robotics team. FIRST LEGO is designed to get children excited about science and technology and at the same time teach them valuable employment and life skills. The task is to program an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their project, all while guided by the FLL Core values.
Solar Car Races
Working in groups or individually, all students in grade 6 construct a solar car and students in grades 7 and 8 can choose to participate in this activity. Sponsored by TransOptions and using their guidelines and criteria, students explore the process of building a car that runs on both solar power and battery power. TransOption has the goal of helping students become more aware of air pollution and transportational alternatives, improve student’s understanding of scientific concepts and renewable energy technologies and encourage young people to consider environmental and technical studies at an early age.
Outdoor Education Trips
All education does not take place within the confines of the school walls. In order to expand the science learning, students engage in several outdoor education activities. In fifth grade, students spend a day at Shiloh Camp in West Milford and sixth grade they participate in an overnight at Camp Shiloh. There is opportunity to hike beautiful nature trails, participate in the challenge course activities and experience the high wall climb.
Each fall, the seventh and eighth grade students enjoy and tremendous three-day trip to Spruce Lake Retreat in Canadensis, Pennsylvania. While there, they experience the great outdoors in many exciting settings. Time is spent hiking Spruce Mountain, repelling, exploring the swamp and learning more about the evening sky. In addition, everyone seems to enjoy the High Ropes and Wild Woozie, the Power Swing and the incredible Climbing Wall.
Buehler Science Center, Liberty Science Center, the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT and more… These are just a few places we have visited over the year! As a celebration for completing a very thorough research paper project, classes are cancelled and the students and teachers are off for a “different” type of learning experience.
Competition can sharpen skills. Ringwood Christian School students compete in various local competitions as well as those sponsored by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Northern New Jersey Christian School Association.
- ACSI – Science Contest
- ACSI Writing Contest
- FIRST LEGO robotics competition
- NNJCSA – Math Contest
- NNJCSA – Spelling Contest
- NNJCSA – Bible Contest
- NNJCSA – Field Day Contest
- Ringwood Public Library Writing Contest
- TransOptions Solar Car Competition