Learning Gets a Little Sweeter for Students

Learning Gets a Little Sweeter for Students
Posted on 12/13/2021
Ms. Amanda Clinton’s third graders at Haw Creek Elementary are using chocolate as a way to get a sweet hands-on learning experience.By: Breanna Hensley
BCS Communications Dept.

Ms. Amanda Clinton’s third graders at Haw Creek Elementary are using chocolate as a way to get a sweet hands-on learning experience.

Teams of students were tasked with creating a chocolate bar shelter that would prevent the candy from melting. Materials used for the experiment were from recycled items such as Velveeta boxes, cotton balls, newspaper, and aluminum foil. A bright group of students discovered what strategy worked and what didn’t and were able to make improvements.

Ms. Clinton said this was a challenging project.

“They had to take their solid, the chocolate, and find a way to protect it from a heat lamp in order to prevent it from turning into a liquid,” she said.

This unique learning experience taught the class about having the right kind of heat to make the experiment work. It also helped the students learn how to work as a team.

“We learned that our chocolate didn't melt because it wasn't hot enough,” said student Karis Farthing. “The heat was rising into the air, but did not melt our chocolate. Our project was successful!”

Students were able to apply some of what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply that knowledge in the STEM lab. This year the lab is helping them also overcome some hurdles.

“Compromising with the team has been crucial,” said Ms. Clinton. “The students were so excited about the chocolate and working together, they had to work to listen carefully to each other and work out their differences of design opinion.”

A few students agreed that coming together as a group was sometimes challenging when faced with creating their idea.

“The hardest part is planning with your whole team because everyone has different ideas,” said third-grader Maeva Howie. “Sometimes people think their ideas will work, and I think my ideas will work but we don't really know whose will work.”

Ms. Clinton is teaching her students important lessons about teamwork, perseverance, and creativity- lessons that will last a lifetime.

“We practice how to agree and how to disagree, as well as how to add to someone else's idea,” Ms. Clinton says. “It is a process of learning that never stops!”

Ms. Amanda Clinton’s third graders at Haw Creek Elementary are using chocolate as a way to get a sweet hands-on learning experience.