The third grade at Adairville School, led by teachers Rebekah Marias and Nicole Robinson, recently visited the Adventure Science Center in Nashville.
Students had a fun, engaging, and educational experience as they took part in the school’s continual efforts to expand learning beyond the classroom walls. The trip included a STEM Science Activity on magnetism, a visit to the Sudekum Planetarium, and exploration of the exhibits within the museum. In each experience, students were exposed to those principles and theories they had learned about in class. Mrs. Marias and Mrs. Robinson collaborative efforts to enhance student knowledge in the areas that these stops focused on culminated in the trip, in which book smarts melded with hands on learning.
During the STEM learning lab “Opposites Attract,” students explored the mysterious phenomenon of magnetism. They gained a better understanding of the attraction or repulsion of materials. Students learned about properties of magnets, poles, types of magnets, and magnetic fields. Students were able to take the lessons that they had learned in the classroom and see realistic application as well as learning about how each of these topics apply to everyday life, commercial and industrial workforces, and the advancement of science. The highlight of the lesson was the electro-magnet, which made an object fly in the air through the use of repulsion.
From there, students moved to the planetarium where they explored what’s up in the night sky. Constellations, planets, and stars stole the show as students were able to sit back and be inundated by the wonders of space. Adairville’s students were hardly passive observers and were allowed to ask questions and make live requests during this interactive tour. Students drew upon lessons they had learned about space to guide their inquiries. They especially enjoyed moving through space to see what our galaxy looks like on the outside! Olijah Woodard perhaps summed the experience up best when he exclaimed, “The best part was feeling like you were spinning around in the planetarium!”
In the museum, students were treated to numerous exhibits dealing with science and physics. Students got to get the feeling of walking on the moon, seeing how magnetic fields affect earth’s atmosphere, and viewed how modern technology is using centuries – old concepts to enhance advancement in a myriad of fields. Each exhibit that students encountered reinforced the lessons that students have been learning in recent weeks.
It was a field trip for the books. A day of engaging educational experiences culminated in students getting to see science and physics in action, reinforcing those lessons they have learned in their third grade classes.