Hempfield students to participate in Remake Learning Days
Some Hempfield students are taking a step back from the curriculum for a day as they prepare to present projects they have been working on as part of the Remake Learning Days Across America.
The day, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, allows students to pick a topic they want to study and create a presentation with what they find.
Students at Wendover Middle and West Point Elementary schools are slated to participate in the program later this month.
At Wendover, students in the eighth grade library creation study class are finishing up projects that focus on topics like computer coding, designing games and making movies, said librarian Beth McGuire.
“I’m proud of the students,” McGuire said. “They do very creative things.”
McGuire said the event is a way for incoming students to get a feel for what they will learn and teaches current students a new way of thinking.
Wendover’s event will run from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on May 15. Registration can be found on the Remake Learning website.
At West Point Elementary School, students are encouraged to learn from each other during the event, said Principal Audrey Dell. Combining the event with the science fair, classes will travel around to school, observing projects and participating in lessons.
Dell said one classroom will read a book about bridges to students, who will then be given supplies to build their own bridge.
“It’s a really great day,” Dell said. “It’s just helping teachers think outside the box.”
And Dell is taking advantage of a growing STEM program by creating a “maker space” in part of the library, where kids will be able to work together or individually to create projects. The space is available for use, but Dell said she’s hoping to add whiteboards and other tools for students to use.
West Point’s Remake Learning Day is slated for May 17 from 12 to 8 p.m. Those attending can register on the Remake Learning website.
“Just from the excitement we saw last year, I think there’s going to be so much more excitement this year,” Dell said.
Started in 2016, Remake Learning Days are aimed at creating hands-on, future-ready projects, according to their website. Open to kids, families, caregivers and teachers, the events spread across the month of May at schools, museums, libraries, community centers, universities and more.
The event is held in Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, [email protected] or via Twitter .