“I learned when carbon dioxide gets trapped in the atmosphere, it traps the heat and creates global warming,” said young Ayaansh. The Mountain View kindergartner articulately explained to the judges the steps he took during his science fair experiment to determine if greenhouse gases cause global warming.
The project for six-year-old Ayaansh is far beyond what many parents may think of when they envision their students in kindergarten. Some parents may think of cutting, coloring, basic counting, and simple reading as the way students build their foundation of learning in kindergarten.
Imagine the foundation Ayaansh is building by already putting the critical thinking skills he has learned in the classroom to work on a real-world problem.
Mountain View’s science fair and the opportunity it provided Ayaansh aligns with the school’s daily enrichment program, which focuses on expanding success for each student.
“Each morning, enrichment and acceleration occur in every classroom, at every grade level, with every single student in our building,” explained Dr. Renee Garriss, Mountain View principal.
Mountain View teachers know each child’s academic strengths and weaknesses, where they need more teaching and where they need to be pushed to explore new levels of learning, like Ayaansh.
The teachers not only rely on their years of experience in the classroom, but they also use the data available in the Cobb Teaching and Learning System (CTLS) to make decisions and drive instruction. The information in CTLS shows areas where each student is succeeding and how to help each child reach the next step.
Support teachers, like the STEM lab instructor and Science Fair coordinator Dr. Jennifer Gates, use the same information to reinforce the classroom lessons and outline enriching instruction for each child.
The ways Mountain View teachers collaborate, use data to make decisions, and provide enrichment opportunities, like the science fair, are some of the reasons Mountain View students performed so well on the 2019 Georgia Milestones assessment.
Mountain View also scored high on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).
“Our recent successes on the CCRPI, in which we earned a 98.6 – second highest in the District and 5th highest in the State, show that our students, and our teachers, are fully committed to excellence on every level,” added Dr. Garriss.
Thanks to the opportunity to apply classroom lessons to the real-world, Ayaansh will be another step closer to excelling on the Georgia Milestones when he takes the assessment for the first time in third grade. His teachers will already know he is prepared because they have access to the data from the smaller assessments inside CTLS.
Some of the other science fair participants contributed to Mountain View’s 2019 success and are products of the collaborative environment at Mountain View.
Fifth-grade student Beth dedicated her science fair project to trying to replicate the human eye with the use of a pinhole camera. Fourth-grader Cara studied how carbohydrates break down compared to proteins and fats.
What real-world problem will Ayaansh, Beth and Cara set out to solve in middle school, high school, and years after? That is something their teachers and principal cannot predict, but as the students have already demonstrated, they’re up to the challenge…thanks to their teachers and school community.
Mountain View Elementary School Science Fair Winners: