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Science in Motion

Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts just completed a two week residency, October 21- Nov. 1st that was provided through a Level II North Carolina Arts Grant. The focus was to integrate dance with the State Science curriculum by teaching modern dance and choreography skills that could be applied to learning about cycles in nature.

The main focus of this grant was for our third grade students to be immersed daily in classes to study science and to create dances that would showcase the concepts of plant cycles. Lessons were about the needs of plants, plant parts and functions, photosynthesis, pollination/reproduction, death/rebirth and uses we have for plants.

The grant was written and awarded to our Arts Coordinator, Frank Casstevens, who partnered with Kinetic Works Dance Company, a premier contemporary dance company in Charlotte NC. The instructor was Ms. Martha Connerton, director and owner of the company who concluded the residency with two dance performances for the entire campus. The five team members of Kinetic Dance Ensemble presented their “Science in Motion” active learning performance on the final day that engaged our 700 students in learning about simple machine and laws of motion. Each third grade class presented a dance during the performance that was created from their studies during the residency.

This project was supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the department of Cultural resources with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Written by: Mr. Frank Casstevens, BHESA Arts Coordinator
Posted: Nov 07, 2013 by Beth Lanzy

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