Students at Work
Apr 16, 2019
A lot of Villa students are spending time outside these days. One would expect to find children outside during recess, but one will also find them working on many projects. For instance, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students used trigometry and angles of elevation to determine the height of our school building. They also blasted potatoes from cannons. Sophomores learning about world history recreated a Roman battle. Religion students went outside to find inspiration for their essays while fifth graders took ping pong shooters outside to collect data on how far their ping pong balls could fly.
Going outside is a great way to shake up the day, but there is also a wealth of research to suggest that it improves health and learning, too. Some studies have shown that spending time outdoors lowers the stress hormone cortisol. There is also research that it may improve focus and retention. One study found that students with ADHD focused better after twenty minutes in a park.
We like to think of our campus as an extension of our classroom so we send this special request to people visiting campus "Slow Down! Children at Work!"