Ms. Betsy Cook's fourth grade students have worked on the tulip garden throughout the year as a test garden for Journey North. Journey North is an organization that gathers data from citizen scientists (like our fourth graders) to track climate trends and seasonal change.
The students planted their red emperor tulip bulbs in the fall. The foliage emerged on March 10, and the first blooms appeared on March 28. Data collected from the fourth graders will be merged with reports from school gardens and private gardens all across the country.
The North Cross Lower School will begin a unique eight-day Science, Engineering, Arts, and Design (SEAD) project next week in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. The SEAD experience will emphasize the importance of incorporating arts, creativity and design into STEM curriculum and programs.
Over a two-week period, beginning Tuesday, March 15, all lower school students will participate in a series of workshops each morning. Students will work in groups that consist of students from different grades. The program is structured to stimulate cross-grade, multidisciplinary exploration of literature, performance, communication, and design. The common component to the program will be the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling. This is the first time a project like this has been attempted using elementary-aged students. The students will present a final exhibit or performance on Thursday, March 24.
As part of the process, senior students from Virginia Tech will create a 360-degree video documentary of the process to display at Virginia Tech’s ICAT Day on May 2 in Blacksburg. The VT seniors will work with North Cross students to develop experience profiles, so that when a person visits the exhibit on ICAT Day, he or she can engage with a student profile to get a first-hand perspective of the experience.
The workshops at North Cross on March 15, 16, 17, 21, the final exhibit or performance on March 24, and ICAT Day on May 2 in Blacksburg, are open to credentialed media. Please coordinate with Rebekah Bradley if you would like more information on the workshop itinerary or if you plan to attend any of the events.
For media inquiries, please contact Rebekah Bradley (North Cross School) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Liesl Baum (ICAT) at email@example.com.
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