Robinson’s third grade teacher Maria Turner is “turning on” her students to different forms of energy in new and different ways for the Unit of Inquiry on Electrical Systems. Eight-year-olds are learning about conversion, transformation and ways to sustain energy in our community –all topics that are particularly timely to all.
The class learned about sound energy up close and personal: by experiencing vibrations of objects that produce sound. It makes so much sense to place your hand on something that is moving to understand that this is energy. Similarly, students took pictures of things at different temperatures to measure thermal energy. The color of the photograph told an interesting story about the hidden power of subject. In addition, magnets were used to understand the influence created by kinetic energy forces.
These experiments inspired our third graders to do their own energy projects at home and share them with the rest of the class. Among the many fine examples brought in, there was a circuit using an apple as an energy source. Sort of makes you wish you were back in third grade, doesn’t it? Thank you, Ms. Turner for being the kind of inspiration that makes Robinson a special place for students to learn.