“We Were Like
Engineering Club at South Canton Scholars Sparks Student
Interest in Science
Mich., Monday, Oct. 14, 2013—“We
were like Astronauts!” shouted second-grade student Jeeya Patel after attending
the first night of South Canton Scholars Charter Academy’s new engineering
The club provides a hands-on approach
to teaching science, technology, engineering, and math also known as STEM
skills. The afterschool program is offered to students ages 7 through 11 who
are interested in how things work.
“Students are natural engineers,” said
club advisor and dean Fletcher Morgan. “The students will benefit from the
class by learning math and science concepts in a different way, reinforcing
what they are learning in the classroom.”
For the next six weeks, students will
design, create, test, and refine a variety of experiments in Aerospace and
Mechanical Engineering including: straw rockets, parachutes, air-powered
rockets, zip sails, dragsters, and rollercoasters.
“Engineering for kids helps reinforce
STEM skills by focusing on how using science, technology, engineering, and math
will assist in solving real-world engineering problems,” Morgan said. “We
present the information in such a way, that students enjoy learning and
applying each concept with hands-on experiments.”
One of the upcoming projects involves
constructing a shock absorbing system to protect two marshmallow astronauts in
a lunar vehicle. Something that Patel is really excited to learn. But first she
had to get the astronauts to space by building a rocket.
“It was fun!” she said. “We made
rockets and wore goggles and shot the rockets into the air! Then we counted how
far they went.”
Twenty students have signed up for the
class which is run by two teachers so the student/teacher ratio is very low. The class is held on Thursday night until
December 5. Then a second session will begin December 12.