- Associated Press - Saturday, May 20, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota teacher recently staged an Olympics for invertebrates that aims to get students involved in science, math and engineering.

For the Olympics for invertebrates, the students also form teams and research different countries and cultures, which they presented at the Opening Ceremonies.

Matt Guenther, fourth-grade teacher for Grimsrud Elementary School, created the game, The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2rlGB2h) reported. Guenther has taught for 16 years in schools in Kentucky, Washington, D.C., Ohio and Texas.

Throughout the school year Guenther’s students worked on developing prototypes for insects. The purpose was to help students understand a trial and error process.

“We keep working to get the fastest time, and then, after that, we try to figure out the best time, the worst time, the range, the average time and the mean,” said student Logan Vesey.

The students trained bugs to compete in various and 400- and 200-millimeter races.

“The kids really enjoy it,” Guenther said.

Guenther said family members were encouraged to attend the games.

Guenther’s students have also participated in philanthropic projects that included removing bushes to make room for a small habitat outside of the school. The students created the plan and presented it to the school’s principal and school district.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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