Making academics fun

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By Kirsten Laskey

Who says learning can’t be fun? Barranca Elementary School is out to prove that academics are not just memorization and lectures – there can be a lot of entertainment and interest involved in exploring different subjects.

The school will unveil the fun in academics from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 2 during Family Math and Science Night.

There will also be a PTO fundraiser dinner from 5:30-6 p.m. in the school’s gym.

Numerous activities will run concurrently and students and their parents will be given maps to determine which activities they would like to participate in.

These activities include Zome Geometry and bubbles, paper airplanes, gumdrop-toothpick geometric constructions, sink/float activities, tangrams, Smart Board activities, jump rope graphing, card games and computer math and science applications in the lab.

Additionally, the Española Wildlife Center will be present at the event.

Activities will be planned and run by school staff along with the principal, superintendent and parent volunteers.

Sharon Allen, Family Math and Science Night coordinator, explained family fun nights have been held in the past but this is the first time the school has hosted a math and science program.

The purpose behind the program, she said, is “to meet our EPSS (education plan for student’s success) goals for the school (and) to develop good parent, school (and) community relations.”

Additionally, students will “be exposed to lots of different math and science,” Allen said.

It’s important to host this type of event, she added, “because we feel that they are very important for the school. We try to stress that academics are fun … and it’s an opportunity for parents to have a good time with their children doing academics.

“Because I think kids can learn (by) having fun and because a lot can be learned through fun and gives students a positive attitude toward school and it’s a unique way of meeting different learning styles.”

Admission to the Family Math and Science Night will be free. Students need to be accompanied by their parents.