Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School students and teachers are always ready for a challenge and they got one when The Brain Show visited the building for an exciting assembly program.
Sponsored by the school’s PTA, there were separate sessions for third and fourth graders and fifth and sixth graders. “It was an engaging assembly that presented curriculum topics in a game show format,” Principal Donna Moro said.
The Brain Show bills itself as “the perfect vehicle to celebrate education and to communicate to children that learning can be cool and fun.” The assembly played out like a real live TV game show. There were colorful podiums that had computerized lights and sounds and a host that added to the buzz.
Groups of four or five students played on teams against each other. Students were asked grade level questions related to math, science and social studies, but it wasn’t enough to just know the answers, in order to be awarded the points, teams had to work together to perform three different tasks.
“The kids had a blast acting as game show contestants,” STEM PTA President Sara Baliber said. The fast paced action kept the contestants and crowd engaged. Dozens of students participated in each of the show, which also included teachers fielding questions in the final round.
“Winning was a matter of brains, collaboration and team work,” Ms. Moro said. “Students had fun while they were learning. I am not sure if students enjoyed playing or watching their teachers play more. It was a wonderful interactive event.”