Seawell Elementary is our Spotlight School of the Week
GRADE: 5th Grade
PROGRAM: Newton’s Lab
Today, I traveled to Seawell Elementary in Chapel Hill. The last time I taught at this school was in September 2016 and I taught Newton’s Lab to fifth grade. This year it’s October, and guess what? It’s Newton Lab with fifth grade once again, which is great because I love this program, and I love fifth graders! (Fun Fact: Scientist Christine used to be a fifth grade teacher!) Not only did I get to teach a great program, I got a chance to teach it to someone else today.
Someone else? That’s right. It’s not always the case, but today I trained our newest scientist, Scientist Brooke. She joined me in the fifth grade classrooms of Mrs. Sidenstricker, Higginbotham, and Halpert. In our last session, Brooke was getting so comfortable with the program, that she demoed how to assemble the Action Reaction Car all on her own. So junior scientists, not only kids learn, but adults learn to. I was very proud of our newest addition to the team because she took new steps forward in becoming a great Science Fun for Everyone! Educator. The proof was in the pudding because everyone in the class made some pretty terrific cars.
Not only did I get to see Brooke that day, but I also got to see Scientist Sarah because she was teaching the classes of Becton and Davidson. This can sometimes cause a problem because the end of the program we go outside to shoot water rockets to demonstrate Newton’s Three Laws. The problem lies in the fact that there will be two classes trying to shoot off rockets at the same time. This only proved to be a problem with the first class. The fifth graders and I walked outside, bike pump in tow, and to our surprise Scientist Sarah had already beaten us to the prime real estate outside, the blacktop basketball court. In luck, P.E. was just wrapping up on their private blacktop and allowed us to use the space so that we could use air pressure to send these water rockets into the atmosphere. 3…2…1…Blast Off!
Being a scientist on the road can get lonely sometimes, but having great coworkers and great fifth graders to work with makes all the difference. Looking forward to when we can launch again!