My students are all second and third graders in a neighborhood that struggles economically. About one hundred percent of our qualify for free lunches and breakfast. That, however, does not diminish their excitement for learning, especially if you incorporate things they like doing.
They are smart and very capable students with a true love of learning through real experiences.
The economic challenges do, however, have an impact on what they have available to help them learn. These are changing times and we have to constantly look for ways to not only keep students engaged, but also build their skills to prepare for potential future careers. We know that the future will require critical thinking and problem-solving skills, but it also requires a stronger background and understanding of science and technology. My students love hands-on learning.
My students need larger tables in the science lab. The tables that we have are just way too small for team work and collaboration with anything more than three students around the table, especially if there is any sort of STEM activity involved. The existing tables have nine square feet of working space and the one in this project has 16 square feet of working space.
Materials and tools frequently get knocked to the floor and potentially broken.
This is especially true if working with Chromebooks or windows laptops for data collection and recording.
The students seem to like the wobble stools, we have one, I would like to make more available to the students for choices with seating. The students migrate to the wobble stools I have, so adding a couple more in will give more the option.
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