After the Lower school girls cheered us on during our Trike-A- Thon event last week they invited each Pre-K class to the Innovation Lab to participate in a project they had been doing on scooters! The girls got to first see a presentation on the smartboard with the 4th graders and Mrs. Stover. Then they joined the girls in small groups at the dry erase tables to draw their own scooters.. The big girls then used their computers to send the creations to the 3-D printer which actually printed the scooters out in plastic form piece by piece. The Pre-K girls then had to figure out how to connect all the individual parts together to form the scooter. It was amazing to watch this process and the girls were so engaged and excited. We even got to bring the plastic scooters back to the classroom and they took them apart and put them back together more times than we could count! It was a great introduction to what lies ahead in creativity for these girls and a great technology and early engineering activity. We can't wait to visit again!! Enjoy the pictures!
,The girls did a wonderful job today participating in our annual Trike-A-Thon event! We have been discussing the event and the reason it was so special to the children at St. Jude hospital for the last few weeks in chapel and the classroom. They have been so excited about bringing their bicycles, tricycles,and scooters to school for the fun of riding with their friends, and for the sick children at St. Jude. They understand that the money will help purchase new toys, books, and, most importantly,provide medicine and research for these children to get well. We even had snow cones on the playground after lunch for a job well done! Serving our community can never be instilled to early. We are very proud of the girls and appreciate all the support as parents each of you have shown. Please enjoy the slideshow and look for more pictures and details on the Hutchison Facebook page.
The Pre-Kindergarten Bee Project was a very successful venture for our students. They learned about recycling, sustainability, and the process of gardening. In addition, they worked collaboratively to create an object to depict our theme. This project was unique to Hutchison because we are known as the “Honeybees” throughout the Memphis community. The availability of our garden and farm located on our campus is another unique aspect of our project. Our horticulturist, Meggan Meakin, has guided us with an informational talk and video about bee pollination, the creation of honey, and the planting of biodegradable milk cartons for the garden. The girls learned that planting in these cartons, collected from our dining hall, could be an example of recycling and repurposing materials. The girls loved the idea of providing flowers for pollination and nectar to create honey in our bee hive at the farm. The project they chose to create was a “giant bee” to use additional milk cartons to learn STEM skills of measuring, estimating, and counting the number of cartons they would need. They made plans to collect the cartons, to construct the project, and to produce a video documenting our project. Finally, the girls actively planted the flowers in the garden space and determined the materials needed in order to produce healthy, vibrant flowers for the bees.
Recycling of everyday materials taught valuable lessons in sustainability of our earth while repurposing containers we use every day. This process and project also encouraged the importance of recycling in their homes while eating and drinking healthy and nutritious foods and beverages.