Hands-on STEM Fun

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Sep 17, 2019

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and we think this photo is worth a lot of words. Maybe not one thousand, but quite a few. Fun, exciting, wow, awesome, cool, dynamic, and engaging are a few of the words we could use to describe this photo. Villa Madonna Academy physics students were learning about projectile motion and worked in groups to build potato launchers. The launcher featured in the photo amazed the students and teachers because it sent the potato flying farther than other launchers.

Research shows that students who participate in hands-on lessons such as this retain information better because both sides of the brain are engaged. Stronger connections are built while learning, and the brain is able to better store the information. In addition to retaining more information, there is pride in a job well done. We'd guess these students will be sharing the story of their potato launcher for many years to come.

To learn more about various hands-on lessons offered in grades K-12 at Villa Madonna Academy, please contact Janet Baugh, our admissions director, at 859-331-6333 ext. 139.