April is Literacy Month at City Academy. We’re celebrating with our students, faculty, staff, and volunteers!
This week, several individual City Academy supporters and community partners, such as Bring Me A Book St. Louis, participated in story-time. These volunteers read books such as Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein in upper grade classrooms and Flight School by Lita Judge to early childhood students.
After the stories were read, scholars brought the books to life though novel engineering projects. Novel engineering allows our students to integrate literacy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). This unique approach to literacy affords our students the chance to problem-solve. Scholars must identify a problem in the story, determine a solution, and then create a prototype.
Second grade students completed novel engineering projects based on the book Flight School. In the story, a spirited penguin is determined to fly. Since his body was not built to soar, the penguin must find the tools he needs to soar.
Second graders created prototypes for the penguin’s problem. Students created wings, propellers, and jet packs that the penguin could use to fly through the sky.
Second graders completing Flight School novel engineering projects with Friends Committee Member, Tyler Krueger
We are grateful for volunteers and community partners who inspire our students to celebrate literacy every day. Community support allows our students to flourish and succeed at City Academy, secondary school, college, and beyond.