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Service Learning STEM Project Connects Students With Learners Abroad
Service Learning STEM Project Connects Students With Learners Abroad

King School’s sixth grade students revved their engines as they built custom-designed Lego cars for students in Peru and Costa Rica. The design process included competition, as students raced against one another, using balloons to propel the cars forward. 

After perfecting their designs, the students disassembled the cars, carefully packaged them up, and sent them off to fellow students in Peru and Costa Rica. The collaboration is part of King’s partnership with the Orphaned Starfish Foundation (OSF). 

“What’s very exciting about this project is that we are deepening our relationship with the Orphaned Starfish Foundation, now with our younger students at King,” said Director of King Cares Karen Raidt. 

King’s partnership with the Orphaned Starfish Foundation began over ten years ago, when the boys soccer team organized a 5K race for students in Bogota, Colombia, through a program arranged by the foundation. The Orphaned Starfish Organization provides technology-based education, job training, and job placement assistance to at-risk youth. 

“Service learning is a pillar of the student experience here at King,” said English teacher Jenna Sotire. “The partnership with OSF extends the student experience outside of King and allows them to connect with other students abroad.” 

Students from King will meet the students from Peru and Costa Rica over Zoom later this month. 

Sixth grade student Timothy Drbul ’28 worked diligently on his design to get it ready for the partnering students. “At first, my car was not very tall because I didn’t think it was necessary,” he said. “After my first test, I realized that it would be better if the back of the car had some height to make space for the balloon. I added some Legos to the back of the car to make it taller, and I saw better results.”

Timothy’s classmate, Blake Ansel ’28, took a photo of his car to include with his package so that the students abroad know how to put the car back together. “It was really fun. It does take a lot of attempts, but that’s okay. We’ll persevere and get through it together,” he said. 

Service Learning STEM Project Connects Students With Learners Abroad