Saturday, February 19, 2011

Saturday Enrichment Program - UVA

Brenna now knows everything a second grader needs to know about building structure, airplanes, bridges, and boats. ha! She knows more than I do, for sure. Her class at UVA, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) finished up today.

For the past five Saturdays she's had five spectacular classes with group competitions in each category. Each week they started with a lecture [Using the word 'lecture' loosely. The teacher was a grad student and that's what he called their teaching time.] then moved on to a hands-on application of what they'd just learned. Experimenting over and over with new ideas. During the last ten minutes, they presented their final product for competition. On week one, Brenna's group built a stable structure out of straws that outlasted all the others. Over the next four classes, she helped build an airplane (2nd place), a toothpick bridge (3rd place), and a boat (2nd place). Today was the last day.

We'll be glad to stop getting up at 6:30 on Saturday mornings to drive to Charlottesville. We'll also be glad to stop trying to figure out what to do while she's in class for two hours! But the class was great and she truly enjoyed the experience. It's a well run program and we would totally recommend it to anyone willing to make the drive.

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