SAU No. 5
Superintendent James Morse
36 Coe Drive
Durham, NH 03824
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Oyster River Elementary School Students Participate in Science Fridays
DURHAM — Throughout March and April, Mast Way and Moharimet elementary schools teamed up with the University of New Hampshire to bring a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects to fourth grade students.
Under the guidance of the UNH Lunabotics Team (Lunacats), which works to promote students’ interest in space exploration and in robotics through outreach activities, Oyster River created Science Fridays.
Every Friday, from March 9 to April 13, students gathered at Mast Way from 3:15-5:30 p.m. to use STEM techniques to build a boat, bridge, catapult, robots and magnets, and complete the egg drop challenge.
“I loved the egg drop activity because I got to see designs and how they worked,” said fourth-grade student Gwen Rasmussen. “It was nice to see each group’s design and how it reacted differently to the fall.”
“The last day of Science Friday gave me a new way of thinking about devices and how to use motors,” said fourth-grade student Isaac Williams. “I have gotten new ideas for games to design in the future. The program is a fun way to do science. It inspires kids to be inventors!”
Science Fridays were overseen by Mast Way and Moharimet Technology Integrators Susan Leifer and Sarah Curtin.
“Our goal with this program was to further expose students to fun and practical applications of science, develop their curiosities and potentially pique their interests for a lifetime of learning in STEM fields,” Curtin said. “We want to thank the Lunacats for their help and guidance throughout this process.”