Darnaby Elementary new curriculum

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Reported by: Michelle Linn
Updated: 8/19/2013 9:12 am Published: 8/16/2013 4:20 pm

It's hands-on learning, designed to fully engage students, and it's something most kids don't get to do until middle school or high school. FOX23 discovered there is one elementary school inTulsa where students will get the chance to experience the curriculum this year.

Project Lead The Way, a nonprofit group that provides STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math curriculum to middle and high school students nationwide is launching a pilot program for elementary schools.

Over the summer, it invited schools to apply, and chose 44 elementary schools nationwide to participate. Darnaby Elementary School, in the Union Public School District, is the only one selected in the Tulsa area.

Darnaby principal Chris Reynolds tells FOX23 News students, staff and parents are very excited about the opportunity. He says the school is ultimately most concerned with developing creative critical thinkers, and STEM curriculum allows them to best do that.

One classroom in each grade level will participate in the pilot program. There are different projects for each grade level. Kindergartners will design bowling pins, then experiment by knocking them down with bowling balls. They'll also use different materials to create paint brushes, and determine which materials work best. Fifth graders will design robots for a competition.

Reynolds tells FOX23 News, the goal is to expand STEM curriculum district-wide. The Schusterman Family Foundation is funding the curriculum and technology for the Lead The Way STEM curriculum pilot program at Darnaby Elementary this school year.

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