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The Way Things Work

Miguel Silva, Abril Ramirez-Hernandez and Hernesto Castrejon draw and build simple machines during the Discovery Place program.

The fifth graders got a special treat on Friday, December 3rd when Kent Lupton, an educator from the Discovery Place Museum in Charlotte, came to East Elementary and facilitated a hands-on presentation with the students titled “Simple Machines”. The fifth graders learned how things work using force and motion. Fifth grade student Quadeigah Barrino had this to say about the program, “It was good. I liked learning about force and the way things work. I thought Mr. Lupton was funny, so it was easy to listen.” Mason Wolfe, another fifth grader, said, “I think it’s fun building the pulleys and levers.”

This is the second year that Discovery place has visited East Elementary. Last year, the third graders participated in a program about weather. According to Traci Giff, Development Manager from Discovery Place, the museum conducts science programs in K-8 schools throughout Charlotte and the surrounding counties. Programs are available on a large variety of science topics such as biology, physics and astronomy, to name a few.

The program was sponsored by Goulston Technologies, Inc. of Monroe. When asked why the company chose to give our students this enriching educational experience, Veronica McKinney, Community Outreach Coordinator at Goulston stated, “One of our company values is to be supportive of the community. This is a way to give back.” The students’ enthusiasm and participation indicated their enjoyment and appreciation of the program .

Written by: Lisa Bush, Media Specialist
Posted: Dec 06, 2010 by Ms. Lisa Bush

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