Professional Golf Association and urban public school are words not often encountered in the same sentence, but in East Lake at Drew Charter School, this relationship runs deep. We are the home of the Eagles, but I am pretty sure we were secretly named for the impressive golf shot rather than the more common high flying bird of prey.
Each year around this time, thanks to the relationships fostered by the East Lake Foundation, our students are invited to the Tour Championship that literally happens across the street from our school. Our students not only see the PGA’s finest at work, but we are able to visit the sponsors of the event. The Southern Company invited us to join them at their “So Cool Zone” this year where we could learn about electricity: how it is generated, stored, moved, and used most efficiently in the real world.
Our fifth graders, who are learning about energy in class right now, used Augmented Reality (AR) to experience the ways that energy can be used efficiently to help modern cities. Our students gladly grabbed the iPads that featured the AR app and got to work investigating EVs (Electric Vehicles) as they moved around the city and as they eventually stopped over in a modern virtual house with all the modern energy saving features. Students excitedly exclaimed when they figured something out and gained new information. Linda Ward, a fifth grade Elementary Academy student at Drew said, “It was very fun. If you moved the iPad around, you could see different spots and you could see how electricity could help the environment--like the EV charging stations. It told me how you could use electricity instead of gas to power the cars.”
This experience gave the students a great overview of electricity in an engaging way!