BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – Walk down the halls of Saint Mary’s Belen and you’ll find a different kind of class.
Students as young as Pre-K up to eighth grade are buttoning up their lab coats, pulling on their gloves and sliding on their goggles.
It’s all for a new program called Lablearner. It’s giving the students a chance to learn about science with a hands on approach.
“It’s a lot of answering questions inside the notebook and then we do the labs and then it’s like now the questions we had to answer make a heck of a lot more sense,” said Guinivere Mayse, seventh grader.
Guinivere Hayes and the rest of her seventh grade class are learning about chemical reactions. Next year, they’ll learn about thermo-dynamics. The lessons change every grade level. The youngest minds are learning about volume and the transferring of liquids in Pre-K.
They’re hoping the weekly hands-on labs will help the students retain information even better than just reading from a textbook.
“They’re very good at following directions and carrying out a procedure and they had no idea that they could do that,” said Lisa Bocisch, science teacher.
They’re hoping that by teaching the kids lessons that they typically wouldn’t see until high school or college, it will give them a leg up on the competition.
“By the time they’re in eighth grade, they’ll have the knowledge of how to use this very expensive expert equipment. When they go to high school they’ll be able to take higher level science courses,” Melodie Good, principal.
All of this wouldn’t be possible for the small catholic school without a large grant from the Catholic Foundation of New Mexico.
However, Saint Mary’s Belen still needs to raise about $50,000 to cover the entire cost of the science program.
The catholic school is hoping to do this through the annual Fall Fest on October 29th.
For more information on Lablearner, click here.
Or, click here for more information on Fall Fest.