As part of an ongoing exploration of science in first grade, students experimented with dyeing different types of fibers with both artificial and natural dyes.
They dyed wool fiber and cotton string and were very surprised by some of the results. They hypothisized that the Kool-Aid dye would result in brighter colors than it actual did. They also thought that the purple cabbage would result in a similar purple dye when, in fact, it did not.
All of their findings were on display in the classroom at our annual School Maker Faire in March.
First and second grade students worked collaboratively on a project that was displayed at our annual School Maker Faire in March. After reading “Charlie Needs A Cloak” by Tomie dePaola, students made sculptures from recycled objects.
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Fourth grade students had an incredible display of the famous people in history sculptures that they made at our annual School Maker Faire in March.
Students researched famous people in history and then recreated them as seen here. The photos do not do them justice. They were incredible to see in person.
These sculptures, of course, allowed the students to experiment with a new form of art but also required them to delve into history, sharpen their research skills, practice their writing skills in a written report, and dive deep into their studies.
The Learning Center Charter School celebrated making of all kinds at our 5th annual School Maker Faire on Thursday, March 12 from 3:30 – 6:30. Imagine a science fair, craft show, tech conference, and county fair, all rolled into one and you can picture a School Maker Faire.
Makers – from Learning Center students to community members – had booths featuring their own unique Maker project. There were hands-on activities, demonstrations, and delicious homemade food.
A special thank you to our wonderful community of Makers that made this event possible. The School Maker Faire proved to be an inspiring and educational evening for everyone who attended.
at The Learning Center Charter School read a book about Vincent Van Gogh early
in the school year and immediately wanted to try their hand at replicating his
Kathleen Shook tapped into the student interest and has allowed the class to
continue their exploration of famous artists.
spent time making Van Gogh replicas, we journeyed into independent studies of
artists that interested us,” said Shook.
The class has
spent time looking at photography as art and as a
way to tell stories. They have explored different art forms including pottery,
metal work, graffiti, hieroglyphics, and ultimately took an interest in
installations, or whole rooms that are transformed into art projects. In fact,
the class decided to incorporate science into an art project by taking their
studies of outer space and transforming their classroom into an art piece that
shows off the Solar System.
The final Solar System art installation
will be unveiled at the 5th Annual School Maker Faire on March 12th
A School Maker Faire is a place to show what you’ve made
and to share what you’ve learned with others.
Schools host Maker Faires because they are a perfect combination of part
science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new. School Maker
Faire exhibitors, or “makers,” are primarily students—either as individuals,
clubs, classes or groups. Maker Faire
exhibits can be from any discipline — from science to art to gardening to
engineering to craft.
“We have begun planetary
research that will lead us into art, and we hope to use QR codes to make
the exhibit interactive and educational,” said Shook.
The community is invited and encouraged
to be part of the 5th Annual School Maker Faire set for March 12th
from 3:30-6:30 on the campus of The Learning Center Charter School located at
945 Conaheeta Street in Murphy. Visit www.naturally grownkids.org to learn more
or call 835-7240 to register to be a Maker at the event.
We hope you plan to attend. There will be Makers of all sorts on campus demonstrating and sharing what they make. Additionally, there will be spaghetti dinner for sale as a fundraiser for upper grade class trips. It will be fun, educational, and delicious! See you Thursday!
Recently, students in second grade finished a unit in science learning all about the properties of matter. They made slime to see if they could use what they had learned to determine if slime is a solid or a liquid. Interestingly, they couldn’t decide whether it was a solid or liquid because it had certain properties of each.
Third graders recently enjoyed DIY microwave popcorn grown in the TLC garden. An heirloom breed called pappys gems was grown and students microwaved it simply in a brown paper bag avoiding the chemicals often included in microwave popcorn. A science lesson with a snack was a hit for all!
The Learning Center Charter School is excited to announce a
recently awarded grant of $3,500 by the Tennessee Valley Authority, in
partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated for a STEM (science,
technology, engineering and math) education project.
“Students will design and construct a putt-putt golf course
on our campus,” said Jess Stephens, eighth grade social studies teacher at the
school. The design will center around
North Carolina history and will include replicas of historical artifacts.
“We’ll be using the grant for building supplies and hope to
continue adding holes to the course every year,” said Stephens.
The grant award is a part of $600,000 in competitive STEM
grants awarded to 142 schools across TVA’s service territory. The competitive
grant program provided teachers an opportunity to apply for funding up to
$5,000 and preference was given to grant applications that explored TVA’s
primary areas of focus: environment, energy, economic and career development
and community problem solving. Schools who receive grant funding must receive
their power from a TVA distributor.
“This is the second year we offered this program to the
entire Valley and we saw a major increase in grant applications this year,”
said Community Engagement Senior Program Manager Rachel Crickmar. “There is a
demand in the Valley for workforce development through STEM education and I am
proud of the way TVA and our retirees are responding to that demand by supporting
teachers in the classroom.”