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Pine Street Elementary students ‘Lift Off’ with hovercraft project

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Pine Street Elementary students ‘Lift Off’ with hovercraft project

By Adam Orr | GoUpstate.com

Pine Street Elementary’s cafeteria came alive Thursday as a make-shift hovercraft laboratory for the school’s fifth-graders.

Think of it as a hands-on, quick-start project designed to drive home the kinds of science and math skills students will need to embrace in the 21st Century.

With chairs and tables cleared away, students took battery-powered leaf blowers and combined them with a few household items to create mini-hovercrafts that they piloted back and forth across the floor.

There was plenty of squeals and laughter from the youngsters as they wobbled the unstable crafts around the room, but there were also a few tears.

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Pine Street students learn science, teamwork from hovercrafts

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Pine Street students learn science, teamwork from hovercrafts

By Zach Fox  | Staff Writer | GoUpstate.com
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at 5:47 PM - Go to source article

A loud school cafeteria can typically land someone in trouble, but Thursday morning the noise at Pine Street Elementary was not only encouraged, it was educational.

The school’s fifth-grade students took to the cafeteria for lessons in science and teamwork with Matthew Chase of the Hovercraft Project. The national nonprofit visits schools, providing the materials for students to build and race vehicles that slide across the floor, mimicking hovering.

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Hovercraft Project gives these MCSD students hands-on STEM lesson

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Hovercraft Project gives these MCSD students hands-on STEM lesson

BY MARK RICE | mrice@ledger-enquirer.com
NOVEMBER 17, 2017 03:55 PM | Source: www.ledger-enquirer.com

Thanks to a serendipitous convergence of circumstances, Double Churches Elementary School students got an unusual hands-on lesson in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math — along with collaboration and communication — as they built hovercrafts and rode them across the gym floor Friday.

“It really felt like we were flying,” said fifth-grader Luke Norsworthy. “It was really cool.”

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Heuvelton Students learn through hands on project

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Heuvelton Students learn through hands on project

Sometimes it's hard to get a project off the ground, especially when you're literally trying to get your project off the ground.

Armed with house wrap, a few markers, and a giant plastic circle, fifth and sixth graders at Heuvelton Central School tackled making hovercrafts.

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Jefferson Elementary School students build, ride hovercraft machines

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Jefferson Elementary School students build, ride hovercraft machines

MASSENA — Jefferson Elementary School sixth-graders took a field trip on Monday, and it involved floating across the gymnasium floor in a hovercraft.

The students took part in The Hovercraft Project, which is designed to integrate the curriculum, according to Matthew Chase, executive director of The Hovercraft Project, who led Monday’s all-day session.

Developed by Chase Educational Consulting, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, The Hovercraft Project travels to schools throughout the United States, Mr. Chase said.

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