Area elementary students participate in Brain Quest and Fall into Reading programs at Peru State
(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) Elementary/Middle Grades Math Methods students recently teamed up with group leaders from the School of Education and other campus departments to present 117 third grade students from Nebraska City a day of Brain Quest math and science fun.
Seventeen PSC teacher candidates divided into small groups where they worked to integrate specific math and science concepts into fun, engaging, hands-on, interdisciplinary learning opportunities for the elementary students. Activities ranged from “Rollin’-in-the-Doh,” where students made their own Play-Doh, to “Flight Fight,” where students made paper airplanes and tested how added weight affected flight patterns.
Education Instructor and Brain Quest Advisor Gina Bittner said, “The School of Education places a high priority on collaboration with area P-12 school districts, and we enjoyed hosting the Hayward Elementary students and their teachers on our campus. The event marked our 11th consecutive semester of hosting area third graders. We have now brought this fun, hands-on learning experience to more than 1,187 area students.”
PSC teacher candidates also sponsored the third annual “Fall into a Good Book” program. Approximately 54 Kindergarten students from Johnson-Brock and Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer Elementary Schools participated in the event.
Working in small groups, PSC teacher candidates planned engaging interdisciplinary lessons and activities to accompany their literature selections. First Lady Elaine Hanson was also on hand to share her favorite story with the children.