Rover Elementary Welcomes Community to School-Wide Exhibition Night
The school parking lot had completely filled up as the sun went down last Thursday evening at Rover Elementary. Parents and children were walking in, welcome banners were posted on the wall, and classroom doors were wide-open awaiting visitors. So far, this sounds like a good old-fashioned Open House Night, right? But actually, it was an “Exhibition Night” where Rover students from kindergarten through fifth-grade had prepared to present their unique and thought-provoking projects to their community.
Rover Elementary hosted their second-annual, school-wide Project Based Learning (PBL) Showcase of Learning Night to exhibit their students’ hard work researching and creating projects. Differing from a traditional Open House model, teachers took the backseat while students were actively at the center and ready to teach their audience something new.
Many students chose projects that offer solutions to some of our world’s most pressing issues such as environmental protection and energy security. From original inventions to dioramas, projects ranged from group to individual work in each of Rover’s classrooms. Second-Grade Teacher Marisol Canchola structured her classroom project on addressing water conservation and each student chose their unique way of demonstrating their ideas.
Second-Grader Izekial Franco addressed his solution through a spinning “water tip” wheel. He asked event attendees to spin the wheel to learn a new fact on how to conserve water at home.
“If you didn’t finish your glass of water, just give it to your plants!” Franco said after spinning the wheel. “Most people don’t think of that, but it really does help.”
“Our students shine in different ways and our PBL project gave them the opportunity to create a project that is meaningful to them,” said Canchola. “I’m so proud of our school for hosting an event that invites our entire community to support and appreciate our students’ ideas and hard work.”
Fourth-Graders Kylie Clinton and Cherish Desilva presented their invention of a television powered completely through wind energy. Their diorama of a modern day living room was made complete with a miniature fan blowing two colorful pinwheels, depicting wind turbines that power their big screen T.V.
“We came up with this idea because we wanted to help the environment by using more renewable energy,” said Clinton. “Plus, we really love to watch T.V.!”
Proud parent Joyce Clinton took photos and beamed with pride as she watched Kylie and Cherish present their idea together to each visitor.
“Rover is an excellent school with amazing teachers and a strong community that supports student creativity,” said Clinton. “I sure never did anything like this when I was in school!”
The kindergarten classrooms focused their project on protecting the ocean by educating event attendees about the harmful effect of pollution to sea creatures. The students decorated a floor-to-ceiling wall with sea creatures in a clean environment versus a polluted environment. They also conducted an ocean experiment where they showed how difficult it is to clean up pollution from the ocean using plastic soda bottles as props.
“Please don’t litter in our ocean! Have a great day!” said the kindergartners in unison after completing their experiment.
Through their annual PBL Showcase of Learning Night, Rover Elementary encouraged all students to think about how to address a variety of global challenges and they certainly inspired event attendees to think about addressing them too. Whether they are in kindergarten or fifth-grade, Rover’s PBL program has proven to be a great way for students to not only take ownership of their learning, but also make meaningful connections to their work to last a lifetime.Would you like your child to join our school community? Rover Elementary is currently accepting registration for all grade-levels for the 2018-2019 school year! If you would like to schedule a school tour, please call our front office at (480) 897-7122. More information on our school can be found at www.tempeschools.org/rover.