Students recreate Wichita buildings as gingerbread houses

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Fifth graders at Trinity Academy have taken well-known buildings in Wichita and made them into gingerbread houses as part of a world-wide holiday project. 

“Wow, I didn’t know they were going to look this good,” said Savannah Brown, fifth grader. 

Even the students themselves were shocked at what they were able to create. 

“I thought it was really cool to just come from a cardboard box to this,” said Mia Hawks, fifth grader. 

From the Museum of World Treasures to the Sedgwick County Historical Museum, buildings from all over town were made. 

“I was overwhelmed at the creativity, at the above and beyond,” said Kelly Truby, fifth grade teacher. 

Some of the buildings can spin around and the Century II building even has lights. 

“It’s one of Wichita’s main buildings, so recreating it was awesome,” said Luke Richardson, fifth grader. 

The more than 300 windows on the Epic Center were handmade with frosting, teaching the students more than just baking skills. 

“We learned how to scale different items, about scaling different houses,” said John Draper, fifth grader. “How some buildings would be smaller, but mine would be the biggest because it’s the tallest.”

The students have shared the gingerbread houses as they Skype with students in other countries who are doing the same thing. 

403 schools across the globe participate in this same assignment, creating buildings in the communities they live in. 

The most recent school they video chatted with was in South Africa. 

“You get to be around other people and see how their minds work,” said Brown. 

“We incorporate S.T.E.A.M. which is science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics,” said Truby. “The gingerbread houses are art, math and engineering.”

Truby said she focuses on hands-on activities that sometimes include technology to help her students better understand what they’re learning. 

These are skills that students will be able to use even after the holidays are over. 

While the gingerbread houses are not edible, some of the students will take them home to share with family members during the holiday break. 

This is the second third year students at Trinity Academy have participated in the project. The idea originated from teachers in Andover. 

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