By Laney Barrett--Grade 8 WJJMS
William J. Johnston Middle School students eagerly opened the doors to the in-progress construction site of the new school on November 15th and 16th. Eighth grade science teachers, Bonnie McAneny and Nektaria Provost, provided this opportunity to students, honing in on their current scientific investigation: “Properties of Matter.” Gus Kotait, project manager, led students on a science-in-action real world tour.
Students fastened their hard hats and set out into the crisp weather to observe the fast progress workers have been making. McAneny and Provost stated they wanted students to have the experience and explore career fields and important jobs when going through high school and college. They encouraged pupils to acknowledge the labor put into the building and the importance of construction, emphasizing that the need for workers in the field of construction, design, and building is constantly increasing.
Throughout the tour, students were able to apply this new knowledge to real life scenarios. Students learned about materials used for heat conductivity and different materials used for insulation in buildings. The tour displayed how simple materials allow easier completion of daily tasks.
The newly renovated school will soon be used by future middle schoolers in Colchester. These students will receive a great education in a great new building.