Taylor Edwards '15 is a psychology major
and education minor.
Randolph-Macon College education students
enrolled in their first Foundations of Education class, taught by Professor Diana
Yesbeck, partnered with John M. Gandy Elementary School on Thursday, October 11,
2012 for Gandy’s first Family Science Night. The event offered a hands-on opportunity
for Randolph-Macon College students, who aspire to teach and lead engaging activities
for their future students.
“The partnership between R-MC and Hanover County Public Schools is very strong,
and we strive to support one another in educational endeavors,” says Yesbeck. “This
event was one more example of building community with respect to education. Mrs.
Donna Kouri, fifth-grade and science lead teacher at Gandy Elementary School, organized,
promoted, and led the event for approximately 45 students and their parents.”
During Family Science Night, students rotated among science experiments and actively
engaged and interacted with science, all of which was hands-on inquiry-based learning.
R-MC Chemistry Professor John Thoburn contributed
to the science experiments by demonstrating to students different states of matter.
“As all of our education students are required to complete fieldwork observations,
we are encompassing evening events such as this as part of the fieldwork requirements—most
especially in the area of elementary science, where the activities are engaging,
interactive, and filled with inquiry,” says Yesbeck. “There were numerous ‘a-ha’
moments throughout the evening—by Gandy students as well as R-MC students. The elementary
students each took home an activity packet of ‘kitchen science’ so that they can
continue the learning process. It is our hope that evenings such as Family Science
Night are just the beginning of a lifetime of discovery and wonder.”