Leprechaun traps made at Volney


Volney Elementary School second-graders need a little bit of luck to see their latest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) project succeed.
 
The students’ use of problem solving, ability to work independently and analytical thinking, among other STEM skills, to construct a trap out of recyclable materials and St. Patrick’s Day-themed embellishments will hopefully catch a leprechaun. Teacher Erin Brewster said she read four leprechaun books to her class to help give students ideas for their traps.
 
Brewster’s students recently joined with Rauri Downes’ students in the school library as they listened to Irish music while they constructed their masterpieces. Each student brought a sheet that listed tools and items needed for their personalized traps, a blueprint with all important components labeled and a response of how the leprechaun will be caught. Small portion cups painted as pots of gold and artificial gold coins were strategically placed in, or around, the traps to entice a leprechaun inside.
 
Students brought their traps home, while they await the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day in hopes of catching a leprechaun so they can make a wish.


Braedon Prock, Volney Elementary second-grader, spills some
gold dust out of the pot of gold he is using to entice a leprechaun
into his homemade trap out of recyclable materials. The fun STEM
activity was a grade-level project.