Walk like the animals? Students test furry footwear on ice

      EUGENE, Ore. - Seventh-grade students from Hamlin Middle School hit the ice to test out footwear they made incorporating features that help animals walk on ice.

      Wearing the animal footwear, they competed in simple games like tug-of-war, red light/green light and sled pulling to see what worked - and what didn't.

      Dean Livelybrooks, a physics professor at the University of Oregon, helped to organize the event.
      As American student test scores for math and science continue to lag behind other countries,

      Livelybrooks said it's important to spark an interest in these academic focuses, showing kids that learning doesn't have to mean ingesting a text book and regurgitating facts: it can be hands on and interactive and fun.