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TFS upper school leads STEM workshops at middle school
A cross-campus collaboration produced high-level results as Tallulah Falls School upper school students demonstrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) concepts for fifth- and sixth-grade students on April 2.
Selected science and engineering students taught 20-minute workshops on different topics including electromagnetics, pressure, speed, sound, music, circuits, centripetal force and robotics.
Ninety-five percent of the workshop content was developed/designed by the students with teacher approval on the final presentation, according to teacher Annette Cochran, with 100% of the workshops conducted solely by the students.
“These outstanding high schoolers did an amazing job teaching these concepts,” Cochran said. “It felt great to hear positive feedback from the faculty and staff. The middle school students were engaged and had a great time.”
Middle school students were asked to complete a course evaluation at the end of each session, she said.
Some of the students' comments included:
“I think the STEM workshop showed me how math science, engineering and technology is important to learn."
"They taught us stuff we haven’t learned."
"It was awesome because you got to learn high school things and engineering; I liked engineering."
"I really like it; it would be fun to do it for the whole day."
“I think it was very fun and I got to learn a lot of new stuff and I want to do it again.”
“The STEM Workshop was a huge success and all the parties involved learned a lot,” Cochran said.” We are so blessed to work with such amazing young people.”