Young Einsteins!



By Ms. Meserve,
Div. 1 Special Education Teacher

What an honor to be in the room with some future Einsteins of the world.

During HCA’s Investigations time, 5th/6th graders got to use their wonderful brains to plan, develop and ultimately create their own Rube Goldberg machines. Watching their wheels turn as they went through some of those stages that led to success for every student; excitement, frustration, wanting to give up, persistence, accepting help, learning from each other, working together and SUCCESS, was an incredible experience as a teacher.

They had time to fiddle around with various objects for a few days to see what reactions they could make happen. Then they started putting reactions together, tested them, threw out some ideas due to “failure” and continued on to create unique machines that work beautifully. They learned that failure is an essential part of success.

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

-Michael Jordan

HCA is such a wonderful place for students to have time, such as this, to explore, ask questions and learn in a way that helps them to internalize the experiences in a meaningful way and that leads to a sense of accomplishment and purpose from the outcomes.