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“A World in Motion” engages students in STEM curriculum

Teachers interact with the "World in Motion Curriculum at Goodloe Elementary. Photo courtesy of Telesouth Communications Inc.

Teachers from across the state gathered at Goodloe Elementary on Wednesday for a hands-on demonstration with SAE’s “A World in Motion Program” in partnership with the Canton Nissan Plant.

The program aims to engage students from k-8 in STEM curriculum which includes science, technology. Wednesday’s lesson was aimed at kindergarten students using a playful setup to teach them to record data such as velocity, weight, gravity, force and more.

A ramp is set up, and students are asked to deal with variables such as ramp height, car weight, and speed to determine which car would send a “crash block” flying the furthest.

Megan Stoyanoff, a program coordinator with SAE, knows how important it is to bring these programs to young students in hopes they will remain interested in learning new things.

Peggy Sue Monk, a kindergarten teacher at McNeal Elementary, echoes those sentiments.

Rodney Francis, director of HR with Nissan enjoyed seeing the program, and knows that students will jump at the chance to engage with the curriculum.

“I didn’t realize students became so disinterested at an early age and these kind of programs get them to get their hands on and these are fun activities. It’s not just reading and going through it, it’s giving them a chance to learn while having fun.”

Teachers who participated in the program will bring this activity back with them to their classrooms and walk through it with their students.

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