High school and elementary school students generally don't mix, but an innovative program the joins Boone Elementary and Morse High school is helping to train the engineers of tomorrow ... and the day after.
it's completing a tower in 10 minutes or practical application of math,
the Morse High MESA (Math, Engineering and Science Achievement) program
students and their counterparts in the fifth grade at nearby Boone
Elementary are finding it fun to learn some of the subjects that
students find most challenging.
"It's fantastic to see these
teenagers from Morse working with our fifth graders," said Dr. Mary
Cannie, Principal at Boone. "They're a combination of teacher, mentor
and brother or sister to our kids."
The two Skyline neighborhood
schools partnered on a recent science night at the Boone campus.
Projects included building a free-standing tower using two sheets of
construction paper and masking tape.. all in ten minutes. In addition to
having fun, Boone students were able to see the practical application
of math and science in building their towers (some of which toppled over
with a slight breeze).
The high school mentors were just as
excited about the program. The numbers of high school students
interested in serving as mentors is increasing as the word of the
partnership spreads across the Morse campus.
The program is under
the direction of Morse math teacher Lourdes Sanchez, with the Boone
partnership funded through the College Career and Technical Education
department's 21st Century grant.
For more information, contact Dr. Cannie at (619) 479-3111.