March 20, 2013
CONTINENTAL - Sometimes it takes 6,500 lego bricks to create a community.
In Continental this is what the elementary students used to create a duplicate of theiir town. The students are part of the “OurTime’ STEM team at the school.
The blocks were funded through the Putnam County Educational Service Center by a 21st Century grant with emphases on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Students enrolled in an After School program in grades 1-3 at Continental Elementary were given the opportunity to take part in building the replica of their town.. Over 50 students signed up for this Main Street session.
Main Street started as a blank sheet with paper templates to represent some of the homes and businesses set up by three teachers in the program. Pictures of buildings along Main Street were provided to students to look at for ideas.
After the reg. school day students are given a snack and participate in 10-15 min. of physical activity. They are given homework assistance and time to work in the Main Street room. Each grade level had 20 min twice a week to work in the Main Street room along with their after school teachers to guide them.
Most of the Main Street buildings are now done. Students are currently working on building cars and a train for the downtown scene.