Classrooms Without Walls

Classrooms Without WallsKatrina Macht and a team of 12 educators from Hillside Intermediate and Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Schools in the Bridgewater-Raritan School District are taking on the challenge to link classroom learning to real-world scientific research using a $10,000 grant from the NJEA Hipp Foundation.

Project team members will partner with scientists from a local university to create projects that will connect academic learning to scientific practices, and provide frameworks for children to learn about the importance of thinking like scientists. Classrooms Without Walls will encourage students to become active learners and then assume leadership positions as they teach others about the importance of science, math, and technology in our lives.

By utilizing available technology, students will develop research projects they can share with the community and students in other communities. Their efforts will include but not be limited to theatrical presentations, feature articles, scientists’ biographies, podcasts, videos, slide shows, and website creations. Their presentations will be made via videoconference with scientists and other schools, and at various family science events throughout the year.

A culminating educational event will be BioBlitz, a survey of the biodiversity found in the schoolyard. The BioBlitz event will be part scientific inquiry, part celebration, and part educational forum.

For Further Information, contact:

Katrina Macht
School Phone: 908-231-1905, ext. 220