Members of The Success Foundation staff were able to visit another grant recipient last week. Melinda Andrews, at Heiman Elementary School, requested a grant for student cameras that would be used by students to capture individual learning experiences. Mrs. Andrews was teaching her class about magnets, and led them through a discussion before letting them adventure out on their own. She had her students make a list of what objects in the room they thought the magnets would stick to, and then she divided them into groups of two. Each group had to test their hypothesis’ and photograph one object the magnets stuck to, and one object that they did not stick to. The cameras instantly print out polaroids, which they then taped up to the board to compare with their classmates. They discussed how they thought things were metal because they looked and felt like it, but were surprised when the magnet didn’t stick to it. These cameras have allowed students to become individual scientists and test their hypothesis’ which led to a very thorough discussion at the end of class.
Thank you for inviting us into your classroom, Mrs. Andrews!