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Science and Computers at BeeHive School

beehive kids 1Science at BeeHive School

BeeHive School has a strong, balanced curriculum, where social, moral, spiritual, and physical development is fostered, as well as a strong focus on literacy, numeracy and science. Despite the limited resources at the school, the teachers at the school have come up with fun, engaging and educational science experiments, ranging from chemistry to physics to computer science. The teachers’ hard work and dedication has paid off, as the students not only love science, but have done very well in science on the standarized exams.

Chemical reactionsWhen standard 7 was learning about chemical reactions in the classroom, they got to create their own volcanic eruptions! They learned about chemical reactions in the classroom, then went outside, got into teams and contructed volcanoes out of the dirt. The students carefully measured the exact amounts of baking soda and vinagar they needed, and erupted their volcanoes! The Standard 3 class was able to watch the eruptions, which created a lot of excitement and enthusiasm about science!

Conductivity

When power got installed at the school last year, BeeHive School managed to turn it into a learning opportunity and the students learned about current, power and also about safety!

Computers

Once a week, each class gets to go into the library and computer lab. Two thirds of the students go to the library to browse and read books, while the other third gets to ue the computers. Although the few computers in the lab are very old, the school is very appreciative of them and takes very good care of everything in their computer lab. The computers are valued by the students and teachers. The children love using them, and for most of them, it’s their only opportunity use a computer.

The school is hoping to increase the number and upgrade the computers this summer. This will allow a whole class to use the computer lab at the same time, with everyone having their own computer, and will allow the teacher to teach a lesson on them. Having an up to date computer lab will allow BeeHive’s curriculum keep up with the rest of the world.

BeeHive School sees the value in technology, as students need to be exposed to them from a young age in order to contribute to helping solve the world’s toughest challenges. They want to give thei students an opportunity to click, play, learn and interact with computers. Whether the students become scientists, social workers, doctors, business leaders, teachers, accountants, non-profit founders, secretaries, entrepreneurs, or the president of Malawi – early access to computers will help them be the best person they can be.

The school has raised quite a bit of money for the lab, and is hoping to reach their goal by the summer.conductivity

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BeeHive Pupils Learning About Electricity

Electricity Is Installed at BeeHive School

In our last update, we mentioned that we were planning to install electricty, thanks to a generous donation from The ESC Foundation, a small German family foundation.  It was installed last month!

A Learning Opportunity

BeeHive School does not have much in the way of science equipment.  This is due to the budget being tight, because all the construction expenses the school has had recently, and being located in Mzuzu, where resources are scarce and science equipment is expensive.  Despite this lack of supplies, the teachers are creative and come up with many out-of-the-classroom learning experiences.  The students grow gardens, have made clay structures from clay in the ground, build towers and bridges from old newspaper, and go on field trips to local shops and the airport.  Although leaning through sitting in a classroom is important, BeeHive believes learning through experiences is also important in a child’s development.

When the electricity was installed last month, the teachers thought it was a great chance to do some hands on learning.  The Standard 6 class did a unit about electricity, learning all about currents, conductivity, and being safe around electricity.  Watching the electrician install the electricity was very exciting for all the students.  Many students do not have power at their homes.

Now that the electricity is installed, the school is eagerly waiting for the computer lab!

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