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Second graders and artist in residence street paint

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington On Friday November 2 and Saturday November 3rd, the PCRS Artist in Residence, Kim Griffin, and her second grade students created a street painting for the Madonnaro Emerald Coast Street Painting Festival in Panama City. During class, the children learned about color and shading. The street painting project was the perfect place to practice shading skills and learn about working with chalk on an uneven surface. Everyone had a great time and the final product was admired by many people who attended the festival....

Students bring international holiday cheer to retirement home

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington Panama City Renaissance School students kicked off the holiday season with a visit to the Sea Breeze Health Care retirement home on November 23. They sang holiday songs in English, Spanish and Chinese; presented handmade cards and handed out cookies. The children spent about an hour talking with the residents who came to the common room, visiting residents in their rooms and greeting people in the...

CDM engineer teaches second graders about leverage and simple machines

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington On Monday, November 19, David Kozan, Senior Project Engineer with CDM, spent his lunch hour at the St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club. But instead of hopping on a sailboat for a spin around the bay, he reinforced the science and engineering principles of levers and pulleys for Ms. Wu’s second grade class at the Panama City Renaissance School. Mr. Kozan designed a number of hands-on experiments and demonstrations to reinforce the concepts the children learned in the classroom . The demonstrations and experiments included lifting a heavy bucket by hand and with a pulley, by hand and in a wheelbarrow, and by hand and with 4×4 fence post that was used as a lever. The children learned first hand how leverage makes it possible to lift heavier items more easily and also observed how a set-up of pulleys could make it relatively easy to move a heavy load. Hands-on activities like the ones Mr. Kozan designed help PCRS children learn about “real world” applications for science and technology and make learning about how the world works...

Engineer Teaches Science

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington In second grade, the children learn about water and wastewater. In addition to in-class details of how water gets to and from our houses, the kids had a hands on demonstration of the water purification process by David Kozan, Sr. Project Engineer with CDM.”...

FAMU Panama City Research Center welcomes PCRS students

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington On Friday November 9, children from Ms. Song’s pre-K4 and first grade classes at the Panama City Renaissance School visited the FAMU Public Health Entomology Research and Education Center in Panama City, FL. Dr. Peterson and Dr. Zhong talked with the students about ongoing research in the laboratory including mosquito surveillance, equipment calibration, and arthropod identification. The children were able to observe fish that eat mosquito larvae and hold large cockroaches. In addition, the children were also able to experiment with microscopes and look at other aspects of the laboratory. All the kids had fun talking with Dr. Zhong in Mandarin Chinese. And most importantly the children had another fun experience with...
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