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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Groveland, Massachusetts - February 7, 2017
A.W. Chesterton Company, Groveland’s largest employer, and the town’s Bagnall Elementary School have joined forces to teach a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) inspired program to Pre-K through 6th grade students.
Bagnall Elementary, a designated STEAM school, and Chesterton, a global manufacturing company, have been partnering for about a year on various projects, but "everyone is thrilled," says Maureen Crawford Hentz, Director of Talent Management for the A.W. Chesterton Company.
On Tuesday December 13, the teachers from Bagnall visited the Chesterton facility where they broke into groups with Chesterton employees and planned how to teach specific engineering concepts to students. After this exercise, which was named a “brainSTEAMing session,” Chesterton employees arranged to visit the Bagnall School to help teach the concepts in age-appropriate ways, and to facilitate at least two follow-up activities that are taking place in February and March.
One concept they will be teaching is to Pre-K and K students is an engineering method called 5S (Learn About 5S), which relates to workplace organization. Crawford Hentz explains, “I have a kindergartener at home myself, and I’m hoping she will 5S her playroom! I’ll be testing my concept out on her.” Third graders will be learning “The Importance of Design.” Fourth graders will focus on the topic of “Innovation and Genius.”
Chesterton employees, teachers, and students are very excited for this program. Crawford Hentz believes “this is a unique program—we’ve not heard of any other school/ company partnership that is working exactly this way.”
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