The Fortville Elementary School (FES) fourth grade students utilized a number of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) applications to create a gingerbread replica of the Town of Fortville. Students were placed into groups and assigned a business to research and create. All buildings were then connected to create a delicious replica of Main Street.
Haley Childers, FES Fourth Grade Teacher, shared that the essential question for the students is, “What goods and services are found in our thriving community?”
The students first learned about the economy, goods and services, and studying and locating features on a map. This project was a fun way for the students to expand their knowledge in social studies, language arts, science, math, and art.
Students enjoyed a visit from Elizabeth (Libby) Wyatt, owner of Libby’ Ice Cream and Gifts, who chatted with the fourth graders about the history of Fortville, her business management experience, and what her position as a member of the Fortville Town Council will entail.
The students also had the opportunity to ask Mrs. Wyatt any questions regarding the businesses that they are researching, the Town of Fortville, as well as any other questions that might help them with their projects.
Each group used their STEAM skills to replicate their assigned building and create circuit boards that are used to create street lights. The finished town will have a QR code for each building that will lead to the student-made report and turn on that group’s street light.
Fortville business owners have been invited to visit FES on Monday, December 9 from 10-11 a.m. and take a tour of the students’ Gingerbread Town. It will be on display at FES during the week of December 9, and at the Fortville-Vernon Township Library after December 16.