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Teacher invites students on a journey into science

When Boones Creek Elementary teacher Jennifer Johnson was awarded with one of the eight 2016 Quest Award Grants, she knew that the kids in her third-grade classroom would have plenty of ideas about the classroom science projects they would want to do.
However, she wasn’t quite expecting their No. 1 request.
“Lab coats,” she said with a wide smile and a laugh.
And if Johnson can find a good price on those lab coats, she will fulfill their request.
For now though, her project – entitled “Have Cart Will Travel : A Journey thru Science with a Rolling Lab” – and its $2,680 QUEST Foundation Grant will help to fill a need for science equipment at the school.
The biggest chunk of money was used to purchase a rolling demonstration lab, which has been ordered and is expected to arrive any day. The rolling lab will have demonstration mirrors, so that when teachers are conducting a lab, the kids will be able to see what is going on in the mirror and parallel the actions at their desks as they conduct the experiments.
“The grant itself was written so that we would have a general location to keep general supplies for any grade to be able to conduct simple science experiments, many of which are in our textbooks,” Johnson said. “In our science curriculum and books, it calls for teachers to guide students through labs and self exploration – however, we are very often limited on supplies and equipment. It can also be hard for students to see and follow along when they are gathered around a small space. This rolling lab will be implemented to curb that situation.”
In past years, Johnson and her constituents would be forced to beg and borrow materials from one another, so that they would have enough for all of the kids to partake in the experiments.
“Kids would get to an experiment in a book and would be like ‘oh that’s really cool, can we do that?’ And we would have to say no, we don’t have the supplies,” Johnson said.
Now, she said, “they will get the feel of being more like real scientists and it is definitely big.”
Just like true scientists, Johnson allowed the kids some time in class to look for experiments that they would like to do and to list things that they would need to go along with that experiment.
That list included some things that they wouldn’t be able to order, she said, but at least they will be able to do more than they were once able.
And the kids can’t wait, according to Johnson.
“They ask all the time when it will be here,” she said.