Roosevelt Elementary Encourages Innovation through Hands-On Projects

(Janesville, WI) By Nick Crow
Roosevelt Elementary School fourth-grader George Patzold knows about trial and error even if he doesn’t know the term.

“Dang it,” he said as he talked to classmates Boston Falk Kluge and Lilly Barrier about how to perfect their project.

“What should we do next?”

George and his classmates were working on creating a three dimensional maze using recycled materials. The object was to make different levels that keep a marble running through the maze for more than two minutes.

George and his classmates were working on slowing the marble at a particular point because it kept running off the course.

“It’s really fun because you can create whatever you want with it,” George said. “It goes on whatever route we want it to.”

The project is one of six classes at Roosevelt teaching second- through fifth-grade students science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) as part of the school’s summer program.

“This is an example of how we’re being innovative,” said head teacher Lynn Little. “Here, the kids are using higher-level thinking to overcome the obstacles.”
Source: Rock County Dev Alliance