Boat Building program creates hands on learning opportunities for Jane Edwards students

Boat Building program creates hands on learning opportunities for Jane Edwards students (Image 1)

It's a useful skill to have, especially if you live on an island. Students at Jane Edwards Elementary are learning curriculum standards through a hands on and fun community project. We're on Edisto Island for our Cool School of the week.

Fourth grade students are putting their math skills to work, learning how to build a boat, a sea kayak. Kit Fox is a student support specialist for Communities in Schools. He says, “These are kids who learn best with their hands, and it gives them an opportunity as well as meeting the curriculum to be able to teach them a skill they can use. Sometimes in class they don't understand why they need math or fractions or whatever. We're showing them how to use a tape measure and actually putting things together. They can see and feel, and eventually get to go out on the ocean.”

Students started the project two weeks ago. They work on the boat once a week. Fourth grade student Jonathan Sellers says, “I like it because we get to learn how to build, learn measurements and math.”  John, a fourth grade student says, “It's very cool. You can have fun building a boat.” Student I'jah Hill says, “I love it. I'm able to spend time with my friends while learning math.”

The program is a partnership between Jane Edwards Elementary School, Communities in Schools, and Learning through Loggerheads, a non profit organization that helps students on Edisto Island become involved in hands on learning project through science, math, and technology. Meg Hoyle is executive director, “We provided the funding for this boat, and the fundraiser March 16th is a huge community party where we will be able to pay that forward, so the last boat will pay for the next boat. It's great to see all of the community get involved with this.”

This is the second community boat building project. The boat is expected to be finished at the beginning of summer, and will be raffled off at a community celebration, held on March 16th at McConkey's Jungle Shack. For more information, click here.

Coming up Friday on News 2 Today, we'll tell you about the Edisto Island history detectives. We'll also present Jane Edwards with our Cool School award.

We want to hear about the good things going on at your school. Send an email to Octavia at Maybe your school will be the next Cool School of the week.

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