Rosalind Franklin Stem Elementary School Open

<p>Franklin STEM Elem</p>

Franklin STEM Elem

Rosalind Franklin Stem Elementary School is filled with students taking a new approach at learning the basics like math and science.

Fourth grade students took their glacier projects outside and as a team used an iPhone to take note of the outside temparture and make other calculations.

They used tablets to take photos of their observations and took note of eveything they saw.

In another classroom, a physicist from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory also known as Ligo, came by to show the kids a number of experiments.

The physicist put a can over a torch, placed it in water and it immediately forced all the air out, crushing the can.

4th-grade teacher Cathy Barrett said she's excited to be teaching at one of the only STEM elementary schools in the state because she feels STEM education is an effective way for kids to learn.

"It makes a big difference," said Barrett. "That's one of the reasons why I wanted to come because I knew we were going to be doing lots of things where the kids were going to be active and moving and working on things and I think that's where kids really learn."

The school has 32 classrooms, 800 students grades K-5, and next year the school will be grades 1-6.

The staff built the curriculum itself based on state and national standards, integrating the use of their 800 laptops and tablets and uses local resources to teach kids about farming and the natural environment.