GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- A lesson on electricity aims to be a solid foundation for some bright ideas.
At Oak Hall School in Gainesville, fourth graders are taught electricity in a very hands-on fashion. The kids work in groups of two or three to build a model home filled with working electrical circuits and lights.
While the students paid close attention to the decorative details, it all serves a purpose. Science teacher Ginny Switt says the project is inspired by the "STEAM" educational movement, which combines Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
With the project, kids are given a budget of 100,000 pretend dollars to spend on supplies for their home. After two months of building, they use a checklist to "appraise" their own home based on the complexity of the circuits they put in it.
The goal is to teach kids about electricity and how to use science as a way to be creative and innovative.