The first grade team at Fairley Elementary School is focused on increasing student engagement through a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities.
Teacher Telia Tamayo said Hannibal Central School District officials encouraged the inclusion of classroom STEM projects, and the first grade teachers were happy to oblige.
Students have already assembled a candy tower, which involved the creation of blueprints, height tests and identifying challenges and improvements.
They also drew a plan on paper to build an object out of Legos or other materials in the first grade STEM bins.
This month, the first graders will create a Mayflower ship out of aluminum foil and Styrofoam, and conduct tests to see how well they float.
Tamayo said the STEM activities help students become less frustrated, and they develop problem-solving skills they can utilize throughout their education.