Armand Pires, Superintendent
45 Holliston St.
Medway, MA 02053
Monday, March 11, 2019
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Medway’s McGovern Elementary Receives $5,000 Grant to Support New Science Curriculum
MEDWAY — Superintendent Armand Pires is pleased to announce that McGovern Elementary School has been awarded a $5,000 grant to support a new science curriculum at the school.
McGovern Elementary is one of 58 Massachusetts schools that were awarded grants this winter by the Baker-Polito Administration to support science, engineering and biomedical science education through Project Lead the Way.
Project Lead the Way is a nonprofit that provides a variety of STEM related materials and curricula to schools looking to give students hands on, practical learning experiences in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The $5,000 grant will fund the purchase of Project Lead the Way kits for kindergarten and first grade science teachers who will use them in lessons starting in the fall. The school began piloting its first wave of new Project Lead the Way lessons with students last week, and the kits will allow the school to continue to expand its curriculum during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.
The kits vary depending on the unit students are studying, but provide materials that allow students to use what they learn in class to search for solutions to a problem. For example, one kit includes small plastic trees, among other items, for students to set up for an exercise during a unit called “the changing Earth” where they will explore possible ways to stop erosion.
“This curriculum revolves around inquiry based science, and the students really have to be active participants in making connections, testing hypotheses and finding solutions,” said McGovern Elementary Principal Amy McDonald. “The students are very excited about the new curriculum. It’s allowing them to actually work with the ideas they’re learning about, and to apply them as they look for solutions to these hypothetical, but real life, problems.”