NEW HAVEN, W.Va. — Fifth-graders at New Haven Elementary recently learned the correlation between mathematics and the latest technology, when technology integration specialists from RESA 5 attended “Techy Tuesday.”
According to teacher Kira Northup, the fifth-grade math students became extremely interested in the latest technology after reading the March issue of Scholastic’s “DynaMath” newsletter. She said the entire issue involved coding, robots and the Lego League.
Northup invited her husband, Nick, an employee of RESA 5, to her classroom to explain the technology he teaches in the adult education classes in Point Pleasant. He, along with Todd Murray, TIS in Jackson County, and Julie Hagan, TIS and regional adult education coordinator, used the opportunity for community outreach to the elementary students.
Students were able to view the technology in stations, where they saw a 3-D printer at work, experienced virtual reality, built a robot, and participated in “Makey-Makey.”
The children were shown items made with the 3-D printer, including a replica of the famous Eiffel Tower. Kira Northup said the printer taught the children fractions and proportions.
Time was also learned, when the RESA 5 employees presented each child with a glow-in-the-dark “Pi” symbol backpack pull, made with the printer. With 72 backpack pulls in all, the children figured the amount of time it took for the pulls to be made.
The Google cardboard virtual reality goggles allowed the children to walk the streets of Paris, among other adventures. Using this device, the students learned measurements and how tall buildings are.
Kira Northup said the Lego robot taught arrays, while the “Makey-Makey” tested various items to see if they were conductors of electricity.
All of the technology is used in the adult education classes taught by RESA 5, which is based in Parkersburg. Nick Northup said the devices are used to entice the adult learners to get their GED, and to look at colleges and different careers.
“We like to teach them 21st century technology,” Hagan said.
Hagan also stated while this was the first time the instructors taught in an elementary setting, many RESA 5 employees take part in Read Across America Day, during which community leaders go into the schools to read to students. She concluded by saying she believes in the importance of showing students the opportunities of technology.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.