FULTON – At first glance, Fulton City School District elementary students thought they were going to work on a cool hovercraft project and celebrate with a ride on the air-powered vehicles.
Although they were correct, the recent lesson for FCSD fifth graders in Lanigan, Volney, Fairgrieve and Granby elementary schools expanded to include much more than construction of a low-friction device.
They learned the importance of life skills: teamwork, problem-solving, time management, communication, critical thinking and self-control, among several other traits.
Lanigan Elementary fifth grade teacher Aaron Koproski said that experience, coupled with the students’ recollection of the motion and force lessons from their fourth grade science curriculum with motion and force, served as a perfect example of how prepared students will become for junior high school.
The students were thrilled to welcome The Hovercraft Project, which afforded students to work in teams with specific jobs.
Each team had a leader, which helped assign specific roles for other team members.
The hovercraft building process occurred after much trial-and-error, analyzation of data and successful test drives. Through the challenges, the students learned that failure is OK because it gave them opportunities to try again.
Matthew Chase, of Chase Educational Consulting, said his Hovercraft Project meets the interest of students who work through science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) tasks.
The motivational, project-based instruction was a hit among students, teachers and administrators alike, such as FCSD Director of Instructional Support Services Daniel Carroll who took a hovercraft ride.