Fifth-Graders in New York Build Hovercrafts During STEM Lesson

Dennis M. Kenney fifth-graders recently assembled and raced hovercrafts during a daylong lesson. Building upon their classroom studies of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, students measured and cut materials and once assembled, created hypotheses and tested out the hovercrafts using different variables to achieve the best results.

This inquiry-based learning provided students with an opportunity to develop their teamwork, leadership and communication skills while also bringing complex academic subjects to the forefront. Students really enjoyed this project and were able to incorporate classroom lessons and important life skills. Students learned a lot and had a great time in the process.

The Hovercraft Project was brought to the HCSD in partnership with the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation’s Arts-in-Education program.