CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- At Spring Run Elementary School in Chesterfield County, creativity can come in the shape of a heart. Or, sometimes it can come in the shape of a fighter jet.
Teacher Rob Motrynczuk has his students designing their own business creating products on 3D printers.
"What can you make that's interesting for a K-5 kid to get out of a gumball machine that would fit in a 2-inch capsule?" Motrynczuk said.
The kids use Tinkercad software to design a product. Commercials air during the school's morning announcements.
Students have a chance to win these homemade trinkets.
"We put them in a gumball machine in the office and they're given out as positive rewards," Motrynczuk said.
It's a fun program that motivates all students to do well; in their behavior and in the classroom.
“We talk about at our school the four C's: Collaborations, communication, critical thinking and creativity."
Creativity that's building confidence… and building better minds.
Building Better Minds with Rob Cardwell airs Wednesdays on CBS 6 News at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.