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SS IN THE NEWS
posted: Tue, Oct 15th, 2019


Veronica Aquino, Mia Guillen, Raymond Rosa, and Caden Abramson work on a challenge

A STEAMy classroom

Kathleen James’ class has been STEAMy this first part of the school year. The third-graders have completed several hands-on STEAM activities which challenge the students to use their science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills to solve problems.

In one assignment, groups of students were asked to work together to create the longest chain they could using only a 12-by-18 inch sheet of construction paper, scissors, and glue stick. (The winner was more than 19 feet long.) Another STEAM activity challenged the kids to stack plastic cups in a pyramid and various other patterns without touching the cups with their hands. The cup challenge used a rubber-band tool that required four students to operate in unison. 

After each activity the students debrief as a class, discussing what they could have done differently to be more effective and efficient. The activities work to hone creativity, collaboration, and communication. 

“The STEAM challenges encourage perseverance and thinking outside the box,” said Ms. James. “It’s learning disguised as fun. When we do one, the enthusiasm in the room is electric.”


Learning fire safety from the pros

Kids love fire trucks. So when members of the Budd Lake Fire Company came to Sandshore with a fire engine, students were buzzing with excitement. 

During the annual visit, held during national Fire Prevention Week, the firefighters presented home safety tips and procedures to kindergarteners and first-graders. They emphasized the importance of home smoke alarms and regular battery replacement, periodic home fire drills, and calling 911 only after having had a chance to make it to safety. The firefighters also showed students the protective gear that firemen wear when fighting a blaze.

The highlight of the visit, though, was an up-close look at a fire engine. The students learned how the fire truck operates and saw all the equipment that the vehicle carries. The demonstrations by the fire company were the highlights of a week of fire prevention activities.

Fire Prevention Week, which began in 1922, is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. It has its roots in commemorations of 1871's Great Chicago Fire, a disaster that killed 250 people and destroyed more than 17,000 structures.

 

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