Free event: 'FEF in Action' to showcase grantee projects on October 4
Students in Tara Draper’s classroom work collaboratively to program robots to complete specific tasks.
Falmouth Education Foundation (FEF) invites the community to “FEF in Action” on Tuesday, October 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Falmouth Public Library, located at Main Street. The event celebrates the excellent work of students and teachers who have been awarded grants from the foundation. Light refreshments will be provided at this free event, which will be held in the Hermann Foundation Room. Projects made possible through grants from FEF will be featured, including:
The Outdoor Classroom: The periodic school field trip is no longer the standard for getting kids out into a new educational environment. Falmouth students regularly study their world by working outside in it. Jane Baker of Falmouth High School, and Lynn Van Etta, Carrie Shanahan and Stacey Boudrot of Teaticket Elementary, will discuss several projects that require students to leave their desks behind.
Library as Makerspace: The maker movement is a technology-based extension of do-it-yourself culture, crossed with hacker culture, which celebrates the creation of new devices. Educators Sarah Hines of the Lawrence School and Kristin Bergeron of North Falmouth Elementary are bringing makerspaces to their respective libraries in order to cultivate higher-order thinking skills.
Students Create: Throughout Falmouth’s schools, students are engaged in hands-on, multi-disciplinary lessons that challenge their creativity. Kelly Pariseault of Mullen-Hall and Korey Charles of East Falmouth Elementary will illustrate how their students are learning to explore and express their creative talents.
Robots and Khan: Throughout East Falmouth Elementary, students aren’t just learning how to use technology; they are mastering it in unique ways. Tara Draper will discuss how third- and fourth-graders are coding robots, and Dusty Fauth will illustrate how his students use Khan Academy materials to study in and outside of the classroom.
“This evening is a chance for our community to hear first-hand about some of the very exciting achievements of FEF grantees and their students,” said FEF Board President Ellen Barol. “It's a way for us to showcase the dedication of Falmouth educators and the results of Falmouth's commitment to its schools.”