You could call it the great science makeover, and it was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Bryant School District asked its teachers to write grant proposals requesting classroom or instructional items that were research-based and would improve student learning. Recovery funds were used to transform the proposals into reality.
Donna Peters, a teacher at Davis Elementary, requested $25,627 to support the renovation and stocking of two hands-on science labs.
With the assistance of the maintenance department, Peters turned two classrooms housed in a portable trailer into model science labs that contain all of the items teachers need to effectively teach hands-on science to students in grades kindergarten through five.
When students first walked into the new labs, their first reactions were “Sweet!” and “Cool!”
In addition to the ARRA funding, the makeover required an immense amount of time on the teachers’ part to shop and stock the labs, but the students are no doubt benefiting from a richer experience when learning science.
Posted by JJT/Submitted by Deborah Bruick.