K'NEX Education and Fisher Science Education Team Up to Present Simple Machines Workshops to Orlando Teachers
On April 20th, 2007, Elementary Science Research Teacher, Joan Walker and the Orange County Public School system in Orlando, Florida provided two groups of elementary school teachers with two, three-hour workshops featuring K'NEX Education Classroom Sets. Fisher Science Education co-sponsored the program and had previously purchased K'NEX Education Sets for all Title I schools in the district. Robert Jesberg, Education Consultant from K'NEX Education, presented the workshops at the Orlando Science Center.
The workshops aimed to familiarize teachers with the dynamic and interactive learning opportunities offered by the K'NEX Education Building Sets, relate instruction to the Florida state assessment program for science and help teachers seek new strategies to integrate hands-on science activities into their classrooms. All teachers worked from the K'NEX Education's Introduction to Simple Machines Series of Sets.
Teachers learned how simple machines "make work easier" by building common everyday models which use levers, pulleys, gears, inclined planes, and wheels and axles. These models included wheelbarrows, sailboats, elevators, eggbeaters, seesaws, and racecars. The teachers unanimously concluded that the Introduction to Simple Machines: Gears Set would be a favorite in their classroom, since children could relate the concept of gears to cars and bicycles. Teachers appreciated the inquiry-based learning method of K'NEX Education, which stimulates both creativity and problem solving in a fun, interactive lesson. On their evaluation page, one teacher wrote, "This was the best workshop this year!"
If you would like to learn more about K'NEX Education workshops, please call K'NEX Education at 1-800-ABC-KNEX and visit www.knexeducation.com.