XENIA — Funds from the Xenia Community Schools Foundation helped high school students take STEM to the elementary student.
The program, under the direction of Xenia High School chemistry teacher Bill Richey, enables XHS Chemistry Club members to demonstrate that science can be fun, while encouraging excitement about science at the elementary school level.
A $1,200 grant, provided by the Xenia Community Schools Foundation, paid for resources to train and prepare approximately 110 students, who presented more than 21 hands-on experiments to the students at Xenia’s five elementary schools. Advanced chemistry students designed and produced a chemistry demonstration show presented at an assembly for each building. That was followed by individual classroom presentations. Each classroom lesson is aligned with the standards for that grade.
Different themes over the years have included “The Chemistry of Special Effects in the Movies,” in addition to traditional chemistry demonstrations. This program benefits the high school chemistry students to understand some basic chemistry principles and, at times, encourage interest in the field of education. The elementary students often view the high school chemistry students as role models.
For the 2013-2014 school year, the topic focused on the question of “what would happen if Phineas and Ferb met Einstein.” The program reaches approximately 1,600 elementary students annually.
The Xenia Community Schools Foundation awards grants to teachers and staff of the Xenia Community Schools. Projects are geared towards enriching student learning. Some applications represent district-wide initiatives. All the grants for Xenia Community School students and teachers are beyond what regular school funding can provide.
Xenia Community Schools Foundation, formerly known as the Xenia Educational Endowment Fund, is an Ohio non-profit 501(C) (3) corporation. Gifts made to the XCSF qualify as tax deductible charitable contributions. The Board of Directors includes both local residents and staff of the Xenia Community Schools District. The XCSF’s purpose, among others, is to seek funding to be used for the benefit of faculty and students by embracing or going beyond the usual. For information about the XCSF, please visit the website (xcsfoundation.com), Facebook (Xenia Community Schools Foundation) or call the Chamber at (937) 372-3591.