Folt Science Night debuts at ETP

Erin Smith Staff writer

April 9, 2014

ELIZABETHTOWN — Students at Elizabethtown Primary School were given a chance to take part in the recent Folt Science Night on Tuesday. The event exposes students to science, math and engineering.
“I filled out an application for a grant online,” said Elizabethtown Primary School Teacher Lisa Barnes.
Principal Cheryl White-Smith said she was excited about the event and said that 200 students were present at the school and about 50 parents were in attendance.
Stations were set up outside, in classrooms and in the school's cafeteria. Science stations included building a marshmallow tower, gross goo, garden in a glove, fingerprint patterns, my gene bracelet, a bright idea, invisible ink, build a bubble, stomp rocket, parachutes, paper flying machine, create a coaster, and sound sandwich.
“We are a technology advanced school,” said White-Smith.
She added it is the goal of the school improvement team to keep adding projects and events to the curriculum, such as Folt Science Night, that enhance the STEM education. STEM stands for science, technology engineering and match.
“You can't say that we are a fully STEM school, but we keep adding to it,” said White-Smith.
She said the goal is for the school to eventually become a fully STEM school.
The school also was the recent recipient of a Singapore Math grant. The Singapore Mathematics teaching method was developed in Asian schools and “uses “manipulatives” such as play money to teach students the relationships between numbers,” according to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund grant page.