Fifth graders in Tyler ISD’s TARGET (or gifted and talented) program recently accepted a project-based learning challenge from Tyler’s Discovery Science Place to create a fun, professional-quality, hands-on museum exhibit to get kids excited about using scientific tools, such as microscopes, hand scales, and thermometers. The winning project would have the opportunity to install and display their creations at the Discovery Science Place. Sixty student teams accepted the challenge and one project came out on top.
The winning exhibit, “The Wild Ride Water Park,” was created by Abby Martin, Laura Freeman, Axel Ruben, and Broc Marceaux and takes visitors on an exciting water park adventure as they measure the height of the Super Slide using a ruler, the depth and temperature of the Cool Pool with a thermometer, weigh the float with a hand scale, and observe the fibers of a beach towel under a microscope.
“The students really took to the project with excitement and created learning stations with some amazing themes such as ‘Party Time,’ ‘In the Jungle,’ and ‘The Game of Life,’” TARGET teacher, Emily Keane, said. “Students presented their displays to parents and other TARGET students on a showcase day and really enjoyed seeing the other participants’ projects and activities.”
The Wild Ride Water Park exhibit is currently on display at Discovery Science Place. For more information about the Tyler ISD TARGET gifted and talented program, go to www.tylerisd.org/target.