More than 115 rising first through sixth grade students from The Lab School and many area independent and public schools participated in the Lower School Summer Program. A perfect blend of intensive reading instruction and a dynamic approach to improving problem solving skills coupled with summer fun in the arts, athletics, and swimming provided an extraordinary experience.
The theme of Great American Rivers provided a backdrop to learning new content and deepening critical thinking skills. Many students also took part in extended day activities and in intensive programs honing language, handwriting, and keyboarding skills.
From writing myths related to flight and creating 3-D kinetic art to constructing a wind tunnel to explore the aerodynamics of different airfoil designs and performing in a final original musical production about pioneer aviators, the 2016 Summer Project at Lab delved into the history, literature, engineering, mathematics, and mythical landscape of flight.
Each summer, the Summer Project at Lab offers students opportunities to develop 21st century skills such as working collaboratively and taking ownership of their ideas with all the ups and downs that come with bringing them to fruition. The program helps rising seventh, eighth, and ninth graders integrate learning of academic skills like writing and math through inquiry and creative problem-solving, researching, character and dialogue development, set design, arts projects, and a live-audience performance.