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‘Do-It-Yourself’: Student Inventors Assemble Bicycle
Third- through fifth-grade students at F.E. Bellows Elementary School took on the roles of engineers and architects when they disassembled and reassembled a bicycle as part of a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Inventors and Makers workshop.
The students worked on the bicycle during lunch and recess and learned how the gears and other assembly parts function to make it move. The program, which is part of the district’s Schoolwide Enrichment Model and F.E. Bellows’ Seekers and Solvers STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) workshops, is designed to develop the students’ architectural and technical skills and their ability to think critically and creatively.
“They used Allen keys, a mechanics tool kit, some screws, stickers and wrenches to take apart the bicycle,” Principal Michael Scarantino said. “In their next session, they will clean the parts and put it all back together again.”
As part of the Inventors and Makers workshop, the students are learning the necessary skills to design and build objects and develop basic knowledge of how to safely work with tools. Some of the skills acquired include the use and creation of blueprints, building to scale, measurement drawing and making projects from wood and other materials.
Circus Tricks Take Over F.E. Bellows School
Fourth-grade students at F.E. Bellows Elementary School worked with performers from Cirque du Jour for a week to master a variety of circus tricks. They showed off their newly acquired skills during a special circus performance for classmates, teachers and parents on Nov. 18.
During the interactive workshops, which were generously supported by the PTSA, the students learned juggling, tumbling, balancing and diabolo manipulation, and were given the opportunity to select which skill they’d like to present at the circus performance.
“Students really enjoy Circus Week at Bellows,” Principal Michael Scarantino said. “It’s a nice break from their traditional physical education lessons, but it’s still connected to the curriculum that continuously engages students in activities that are designed to enhance and strengthen their gross and fine motor skills.”
The learning experience also helped build the students’ confidence and enhance their ability to collaborate with peers. In addition, it supported their physical fitness and hand-eye coordination.
The fourth-grade circus performance was held at the middle school/high school campus gym on Nov. 18. All Daniel Warren and F.E. Bellows elementary school families were invited to attend.