Science program encourages Dower students to think differently about science

Nearly 30 Dower Elementary third- through fifth-graders are participating in a science extended-day program. As part of the program, students set goals and keep a science notebook. The students are asked to follow the engineering design process which is to Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create and Improve. Students used this process to create a 10-inch high platform which is sturdy enough to support a stuffed animal.

“By using this process, we hope students start to think differently about science,” said Dower teacher Jeff Wilson. “It’s more than just experiments; it’s about critical thinking.”

“The goal is that every student will increase their love of science,” said principal Jennifer Moore. “We hope to have every student participate in this year’s STEM fair.”

Dower’s program runs every Tuesday and Thursday through the end of February and is funded through a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant. The DoDEA funds are used to boost student achievement in science and mathematics by utilizing technology and engineering, and by improving each student’s sense of community, personal responsibility and well-being.

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Teacher Jeff Wilson checks to see if a platform designed and built by Dower Elementary students will hold the Dower dragon mascot. The students created the platform as part of an after-school science program.