Activities like Bridge Competition Helping Scores

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

On Saturday the BRIMS science museum held its 12th annual Regional Bridge Building Championship in Bowling Green.

The bridges were designed and made by students and were tested to see which was the most efficient.

Governor Fletcher recently recommended an additional seven million dollars be put into the math achievement fund to help bring Kentucky students' math and science scores up to the national average.

Some teachers say hands-on events such as Saturday's competition could be a solution to achieving higher scores.

Students like Sarah Meredith are learning first-hand how important science and math activities can be.

They've used lessons from these subjects to get to this competition.

"It makes me more excited to know that I'll be able to get into it and know what I'm doing and how it works", says Meredith.

Those involved say hands-on lessons are the ones that will help benefit these students most and help raise Kentucky students math and science scores.

"I think anytime you ask a student to apply what we're trying to teach them in school, that that's the first step where they actually understand it and they retain it", says Doug Jenkins, with the BRIMS Science Museum.

While Kentucky students' math and science scores have risen in the past few years the state continues to lag behind the average scores for the majority of states.

Some say we can help this problem by getting students excited about these subjects by an early age.

"To get them interested in the middle school in the science, it would be alot to the key. To get them interested there would build through to high school", says Metcalfe County High School Science Teacher, Scott Roach.

For Sarah Meredith, this is how she got involved.

"Ever since I saw my brothers first bridge competition I've always been really excited about it", says Meredith.

"I believe I would've been alot more excited about learning science and math in school if I'd had these competitions to be in", says Jenkins.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for them to actually put their science skills and things they're being taught to use", says Roach.

In the middle school bridge building competition, Sarah Meredith from Butler County pulled away with a first place win. Jennifer Gaiko from Drakes Creek took 2nd place. Sierra Fields, from Butler County, placed 3rd.

Sarah Meredith's brother Jon won the high school division for the second year in a row, but since he won the International competition last year, 2nd place winner Thomas Barks of Butler County, and 3rd place winner Robert Hurst from Green River High School will move on to the International competition.

The following are the school results from the competition:

Middle School results:
1st- Butler County Middle School
2nd- Drakes Creek Middle School

High School results:
1st- Butler County
2nd- Green River
3rd- Warren Central

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