Friday, March 13, 2015

Sustainable Learning Cottage @ NSE?

We are very proud of Mrs. Parker's fifth grade STEMS class who had the opportunity to present at the annual Council of Educational Facilities Planning International (CEFPI) conference in Columbia. CEFPI consists of professional engineers, architects, and district personnel involved in building energy friendly schools.

Mrs. Parker's class started learning about the uses and benefits of solar energy last school year (2013-2014).  They continued their learning and began wondering what it would take to build a LEED certified building on the NSE campus this year as they looped with Mrs. Parker.  As a result, they designed and built models of a sustainable learning cottage.  This led to the idea to create a presentation about the cottage and present it to interested professionals.  Well, they created the presentation and have had the opportunity to present to engineers and architects in their classroom.  They continued to refine their presentation and were awarded the opportunity to present at the CEFPI conference today.

These 11 and 12 year old students presented in front of 120 professionals and received an immediate standing ovation. The students were poised, well spoken, funny, and very knowledgeable about their topic. As their principal, I could not be more proud of these boys and girls, their parents, and their teacher for taking the initiative and having the courage to work on such an authentic project. Excellent work!

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