Assignment Education: Making science fun

Students in the Tupelo Public School District are learning about STEM.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2017 2:00 PM
Updated: Nov. 29, 2017 2:32 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – More careers will rely on technology in the future.

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That’s why teachers are introducing STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics to younger students.

In fact, weekly lessons are part of a district-wide focus in the Tupelo Public School District.

“We are introducing our students to the next generation of science standards, said Carole Elliott.

Classroom lessons this week focus on sound.

“I learned that vibrations can move through the air,” said Tatum Dabbs.

The lessons are focused on making science fun. The goal is hands-on learning.

“They’re actually experimenting first, drawing their conclusions and making their hypothesis. They are getting messy and their hands on things,” Elliott said.

Students rotated to three different activities from learning how sound originates to comparing how varying objects make different noises.

This method supports peer teaching, which helps students retain more.

“They learn so much from each other,” Elliott continued. “And you actually remember more of what you taught someone else.”

It’s a win-win in the classroom.

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