Deerfield school’s math and science fest to offer real-world applications
DEERFIELD — For the first time, Deerfield Elementary School will have a Math and Science Festival as a way to teach students the real-world applications of what they learn in the classroom.
The festival will take place Friday.
Each class will rotate through stations which include watershed instruction by the Fish and Wildlife Service, a live animal demonstration and an electricity demonstration from the Springfield Science Museum, a solar exhibit by Soltas Engineering and a safety exhibit from National Grid. Students will spend 20 to 30 minutes at each station.
During the first half of the day, parents will visit each classroom and do presentations that demonstrate real-life applications with hands-on components. The presenters include a naval architect, a neuroscientist, a baker, an electrical engineer, a math teacher, a plastics maker, a safety consultant and a skydiver.
In turn, the students will show the parents what they have been doing in math and science.
To get ready for the festival, students have been working on a daily math riddle.
Each correct answer guarantees entry into a raffle for math- and science-related prizes.
The festival has become a community event, with $1,000 in funding from local businesses.
The Math and Science Festival is just one of the many fairs and events the school holds. The school has an arts festival featuring music and dance and a writing fair in which local authors visit the students.
“We were looking for something math- and science-related,” said Julie Chalfant, president of the Deerfield Parent Teacher Organization. “We have a lot of the humanities side. This rounds it out.” Chalfant said the festivals are a way to showcase the work students do and reinforce what happens in the classroom with real-world activities.
“We’re trying to get across that real people and real jobs use this stuff every day. It’s not just a puzzle you do in class. It’s something you use in the future,” Chalfant said.