St. Andrew’s uses hands-on options to teach creativity, science, writing

On Friday, March 26, I was lucky enough to serve as a community judge for St. Andrew’s sixth grade Invention Convention.  I’ve been a judge for several years now, and I am always amazed at the quality of ideas the kids develop.  It’s inspiring to see how these 11 & 12-year-olds have worked through the process of identifying a problem, determining a solution, and turning that solution into a real, working product.  Their hard work and creativity can be a great reminder to us all that there are solutions to our problems – we just have to look for them, then be dedicated enough to follow through on making them happen.  Great job, kids!

For the past couple years, I also served as a judge for St. Andrew’s Science Fair in January.  Seventh and eighth graders identify a scientific question then perform experiments to answer that question and prove or disprove their hypotheses.  The kids have extremely interesting projects, and I never fail to learn something from them!

After the school fair, the kids with high ratings go on to the District competition, held at UC.  This year, over 400 students from the area in grades 7-12 competed at District.

St. Andrew made an extremely nice showing at District.  While I don’t have permission to list names, I can share that six students received a Superior rating and will go on to the State Science Fair in Columbus, held on May 8, and eight students received cash awards for their work!

A few students who were invited to District could not attend because they were also competing in the Power of the Pen writing competition.  One of these, a seventh grader, took first place out of 150 seventh graders participating – he will now attend the State Power of the Pen competition!

These are all talented kids, dedicated to doing their best.  Congratulations to them and to all students who participated in these various programs!  What great, hands-on ways to learn about creativity, science and writing!


2 Responses to “St. Andrew’s uses hands-on options to teach creativity, science, writing”

  1. andreabrady Says:

    Hi everyone,
    I just learned about some neat programs being held at Boyd re: inventions & science that I wanted to share with you. For the past couple years, the sixth graders have done their own Invention Convention. The kids come up with original ideas, develop them, then make their products. All inventions were displayed at Science Night, which was open to the entire school. Nineteen exhibitors came and demonstrated the different ways science is used in the “real world.” Exhibitors included Steve Heck, our very own “Teacher in Space,” and the Cincinnati Zoo, among many others. Kids got passports which were stamped as they visited different booths, and they earned a homework pass for attending.

    Patty Pachta, current President of Boyd’s PTO, says both programs were extremely successful and many positive comments were received. She feels it’s a great way to show the kids that those crazy things they’re learning in school can have real-life application some day!

    Great programs, thanks for sharing, Patty!

  2. Amy Schroeder Says:

    Great comments about science, Andrea! St. Andrew requires all 6th-graders to participate in Invention Convention, which is a joint grade in both English and Science. All 7th and 8th-graders are required to participate in Science Fair, which is also a joint grade for both English and Science. All projects also require a research paper. The teachers and parents do a great job guiding the students in their individual work. Thanks again for helping and sharing!

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