About two weeks ago, Owensboro Innovation Academy students planted the seed for what blossomed on Monday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1:25 p.m. at the Museum of Science and History.
OIA students taught physics lessons to all five Owensboro Public Schools’ elementary school fourth graders. On Monday, each OPS elementary school fourth grade class taught the lesson they learned to another OPS elementary school fourth grade class in what school officials are calling the Science Olympics.
“It’s been an absolute joy to watch our students teach OPS fourth graders different science labs. What’s incredible is the OIA students wrote the lessons themselves and came up with the hands-on activities,” said Beth Benjamin, OIA principal.
The lessons include marshmallow shooters and catapults, color with CD spectroscopes, telegraphs, rockets and sound by making instruments.
“We believe there’s no better way to teach a science lesson than by doing a project that shows how the lesson is applied in the real world,” said Stephanie Gray, OIA facilitator.
OIA students were on hand to help the fourth graders with the lessons.
Sutton Elementary School hosted an open house to showcase the school’s new gym/performing arts center.
Students and staff at Newton Parrish Elementary raised money for March of Dimes via a Bicycle Rodeo on Saturday, April 15. The rodeo included a safety inspection to make sure bikes were good to ride, a safety talk led by OHS cycling students and around 10 bike activities where students can sharpen their riding skills.
The Owensboro Innovation Academy is partnering with Brescia University to offer an early college program for OIA students. With the close proximity of OIA to Brescia, students will be able to walk to Brescia to take college classes, which will result in the students’ opportunity to earn an Associate Degree while in high school.
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