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One Class At A Time follow-up: Susan Kalanick

Students at Holy Spirit Catholic School are learning through hands-on science projects thanks to new books.

5th grade teacher Susan Kalanick purchased Picture Perfect STEM books for her class with the help of One Class At A Time.

The books attach storylines to science projects so students learn in an interactive way.

For one project, the class read several fiction and nonfiction books about engineering and then made their own balloon-powered cars.

“My car worked out great, it was fast, it moved a very far distance, so I think it turned out good,” said 11-year-old Jayce Riggin.

Kalanick said the lessons not only teach science skills, but also valuable life lessons like perseverance and problem-solving.

“The lessons that they taught in the books really help them in the project. They say, ‘I can’t get this,’ and I say, ‘What did you learn in the book? Keep at it,’ so, it worked really well.”

Students said the project was the first of its kind and they look forward to doing more projects from the new STEM books.

“It’s a fun way to learn, we rarely get to do these things and I think they’re pretty cool,” said Riggin.

To learn more about One Class At A Time, click here.

Keeley Van Middendorp

Keeley Van Middendorp

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