The sixth grade math and science teachers at Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton (J-E-T) Middle School were awarded the Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Grant this spring. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions awards grants every year through their Innovative Teaching Mini Grants Program to elementary and middle schools in the surrounding counties. The committee selects projects that show usefulness over long periods of time, benefit large numbers of students, and capture the interest of the students.

The grant J-E-T was awarded this year will allow students to make the transition from ideas and problems written on paper to real-life, visible solutions. The students will learn about a plant’s life cycle and watch it happen themselves. They will also manipulate the life cycle of the plant by setting up the system. This will include selecting the seeds to grow, planting the seeds, and then monitoring and eventually harvesting the plants to eat. It is very rewarding to grow something yourself and get to enjoy it, and the teachers at J-E-T want the students to have this experience. The students will also collect data by observing the plants and will learn how to use the data they collected to answer statistical questions. The grant was written by sixth grade math and science teachers Roland Addy, Pamela Bates, and Allison Rawls. Ms. Bates explained that the teachers were very excited to be awarded the grant and had great expectations for the level of student engagement and learning this project will bring.

Photo caption: Sixth graders excited about upcoming plants project

 

Pictured from left to right: Christajah Jones, Tristan Coleman, Mollie Wise, Lizbeth Trujillo

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