Thanks to a $150,000 grant from the AMETEK Foundation, Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center is hosting the Science Explorers program for its Kindergarten through fourth grade students for five two-day sessions this school year, the first of which took place September 12 and 13.
Science Explorers provides hands-on science lessons for both the children and the teacher. The program works together with teachers to align experiments and science exploration with the current science curriculum being taught in school.
The AMETEK Foundation chose two schools nationally to receive this program – and for the second year in a row, they chose Courtenay Elementary.
“Our students have had a very positive reaction to Science Explorers,” said Principal King. “It’s highly interactive and fun. But it’s also a research-based approach to science education that’s aligned to the Common Core standards. We were especially excited that we were able to show off our Science Explorers program to parents as part of our Open House this year.”
The program is divided up by grade levels and all students receive badges at the end of the day demonstrating their specialized field training. Kindergarteners and first grade students had the opportunity to be “sensologists” on day one, learning about the senses, and chemists on day two (where they learned how to mix liquids to create the pink gooey stuff, among other things.)
Grades 2 and 3 focused this session on physics, becoming training “airologists” on day one by learning about air pressure.
Jennifer Morehead, the CEO and Founder of Science Explorers, explained the philosophy of their experiments: “Our motto is ‘if it’s not fun, we’re not doing it.’ Fortunately, our kind of fun fosters a lifelong love of science and learning.”
You can find more information about Science Explorers at http://scienceexplorers.com and http://www.sparksfoundation.org.