Island Park students who participate in Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School’s Discovery Program showcased a successful year of learning and exploration on June 7 and 14, when parents were invited in. Guests had the opportunity to experience for themselves the projects that students have collaborated on, and topics they have studied.
Discovery is the district’s Gifted and Talented Program, and involves third- through sixth-graders. The groups meet with teacher Robert Ferrante on alternating days for 45-minute-long sessions. Each grade is assigned a specific theme or area of focus that their lessons and activities are based on throughout the school year.
At the recent open-house-style events, students proudly shared with their parents the knowledge they have obtained, skills they have cultivated and discoveries they have made.
Third-graders produced a book filled with examples of problem-solving projects and performed a mock trial to illustrate their studies on government. Fourth-grade students presented a 30-minute broadcast video that featured a variety of stories, ranging from news within the school and community to that at the national and global levels. They described the many steps that went into the development of this project, from conducting research to editing the video.
Fifth- and sixth-graders both participated in stop motion lessons, which they explained and demonstrated. Additionally, fifth-grade students showed their parents the MIT-based computer program, Scratch, which they used to create games, quizzes and other projects. Sixth-graders shared a video about the Adelphi Lego Competition and re-enacted their presentations for the audience of guests.