Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Sept. 30, 2020

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STEM kit thrills kids at home


WASHOUGAL — Students at Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School are being challenged while at home during the pandemic by using learning kits called Kodiak Crates.

The kits were created by first-grade teacher and district science liaison Darcy Hickey. The kits are delivered to students’ homes every other week.

A webpage provides instructional videos and a place for families to upload photos of their projects. More than $1,500 in donations have been raised to support the science, technology, engineering and math program, according to a news release.

“We expected maybe 30 families to sign up,” Penny Andrews, the school’s principal, said in the release. “We currently have 180 families subscribed to get kits. That’s more than 300 students involved.” Said Hickey: “Each donation has left me in a puddle of tears because I wasn’t sure how we were going to fund the program using just my current science budget.”

The students build things like catapults, learning about angles and trajectory, weight distribution and stored energy.