Learning continued over the summer through the 2018 RAMP Program housed at Linden Street School during the month of July.
This year, 56 students in kindergarten through third grade from all three Plainville elementary schools were invited to attend this annual summer program.
The primary goal of the program is to help students continue learning over the summer and bridge the academic gap between June and September. The half day program, which included breakfast and a snack each day, ran from July 2 to July 26.
This year the RAMP Program had two primary areas of focus.
The first was literacy development. Students received 2.5 hours of direct and indirect literacy focused instruction at their individual levels to ensure skill maintenance and development.
The second area of focus was “STEAM.” This year a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) class was added to the summer program curriculum. The STEAM class, led by Linden’s Library Information Teacher Allysa Lombardo, was developed to give students exposure to inquiry-based learning. Inquiry-based learning is centered on the concept of student-generated exploration of their ideas about what they are seeing and experiencing in the world each day. Inquiry-based learning units of study are centered on a concept or challenge.
The RAMP Program’s inquiry-based learning was centered on several projects. Students built color rainbows with paper towels and paint, “spaghetti” towers using engineering concepts, fizzing paint which involved the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar, and other experiments.
Through each project and experiment, Lombardo guided student conversations to establish what they knew was happening and built on their curiosity by asking what they wondered about. These conversations led to further exploration and establishing facts about what they had discovered.
-- Press Release