Innovative Learning for 8th Grade Science Class – How do you make a difference with a group of young science students?

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Innovative Learning for 8th Grade Science Class

How do you make a difference with a group of young science students?

In these times of Zoom conference calls and remote work forces, 21st century learning experiences provide the opportunity for creative development and inspiration for the upcoming generation. At a public project-based learning school, the Lobo School of Innovation (LSI) in San Jose, CA, students embrace unique teaching methods that enable them to take ownership of their own learning legacy by engaging in real-world projects.  Eighth grade science students, tasked with building model cars, were given the opportunity to learn about velocity and acceleration with considerations for vehicle safety.  Teri Robinson and Jason Neiser, LSI Exploratory Science Teachers, found Quality Forensic Engineering, LLC online and after several discussions and planning sessions, Mechanical Engineers Mitchell Chermak and Tyler White were ready to share their training and experiences with the students. As a full-service forensic engineering and accident reconstruction firm with offices in Tallahassee and Jacksonville, Florida, Quality Forensic Engineering, LLC provides engineering support to clients in the areas of collision reconstruction, premises liability, and product liability.  Engineers at the company use the latest technology for documenting evidence and retrieving data including: FARO 3D scanning, aerial drone imaging and “black box” downloads. “We see the devastating results of collisions first-hand and we were happy to share the benefits of modern safety features with the students,” Mr. Chermak said.  Even though Mr. Chermak and Mr. White were separated from the 8th graders by more than 2,500 miles, technology provided them the opportunity to speak with the students about the relationship between the motion of an object and the forces acting on it and the safety features at work. This inspired the students to add safety features to the model cars they were building.  “What an inspiration it was for us to see their creative minds at work and to respond to their thoughtful and insightful questions,” said Mr. White. They were especially inquisitive about the possibilities of adding seatbelts and airbag type devices to their models.  Perhaps one day, you too will be driving a vehicle they have created in our future that provides for additional safety features!

So, how do you make a difference with a group of young science students?

Get involved!  After all, learning is everywhere. Be an external force keeping minds from remaining at rest.