“I learned that science can bring laughter and fun to everybody.”
“I learned that everyone can come together for friendly competition.”
Those quotes sum up the student reaction to H.A.V.E.N. Academy’s spring science fair.
One of the teachers who helped launch H.A.V.E.N’s science fair a couple of years ago is special education teacher Arlene Sharpe.
“The whole country is going STEM, science, technology, engineering, and math. The science fair is [our student’s] chance to get more into science,” Sharpe said. “They are excited. They love it!”
“This is one more thing that helps them grasp what we are trying to teach them,” Sharpe added.
H.A.V.E.N. Academy provides comprehensive special education and support for students with Severe Emotional Behavior Disorders and Autism. The program serves students from Cobb County, Douglas County and the city of Marietta.
Many of the H.A.V.E.N. students were eager to show off what they learned at the science fair. Some of the students demonstrated their sales skills as they enthusiastically walked the judges and guests through their experiments.
“When you get a chance to go [into the science fair] and see their faces, there is nothing like it. When you see their faces, it makes it all worthwhile,” H.A.V.E.N. Academy Principal Isaac Kelly said with a smile of his own.
One of the excited students was Tyler whose group conducted an experiment using paper airplanes. While working in his group, the most important thing he learned was “to share the credit” for the project, but his favorite part of the project was teaching others about the experiment at the science fair.
The science fair gave Principal Kelly and his teachers an opportunity to show off the academic skills of H.A.V.E.N. students, like Tyler, to the members of the school district and community who came out to serve as judges.