October 10, 2017
By Stephanie Sorrell-White firstname.lastname@example.org
LITTLE FALLS — Tracy Young’s fifth-grade students at Benton Hall Academy discovered how effective their water filtration systems were during class on Thursday.
As they poured water through the system — which included a plastic bottle and a screen — it went through sand, salt, potting soil, dish soap, paper punches, aquarium rocks and other items to show the filtered water at the bottom.
Young’s course teaches STEM education — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — to students as part of the Little Falls City School District’s Engineering byDesign program. The initiative started in the district in September for students in grades K-8.
District Superintendent Keith Levatino said in a Sept. 12 Times Telegram article about the Engineering By Design course that it ties into the district’s overall technology initiative.
“It’s 21st century learning,” he said, noting the course can provide students with the skills they need to prepare them for a technology job soon after high school.
Several science and technology teachers in the district attended a four-day workshop over the summer at Oneida-Herkimer BOCES to learn about how to incorporate the Engineering byDesign course into the district’s curriculum and at different grade levels.
Students in Young’s class had STEM notebooks where they kept track of their sketches, definitions and projects.
“Cool” and “interesting” were words used by the students about Thursday’s project.
Read the full article and view a slideshow at timestelegram.com.
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