Captured the attention of the children

Article posted on March 5, 2018

I spent the morning at Hamilton Heights Elementary School in Chambersburg observing a 2nd grade class’ STEM project, and even helping a little.  The curriculum is structured for teachers to work collaboratively with librarians.  They use library books to supplement the course material and use the library space for hands on work.  The teacher follows up after the kids return to the classroom by having them write down what they just did, including what they learned.  Today we built catapults out of popsicle sticks and rubber bands, then fired pom poms into cups.  The kids learned some engineering skills and had to measure their shots with a yard stick.  They were a polite group and handled their tasks well.  It’s important to utilize all of the resources available at a school for the benefit of the students.  This was a creative way to do it and one that captured the attention of the children.





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