Experiential Learning

For those who have been around Brainerd Baptist School any length of time, you know that we are really big on offering many different ways for our students to learn. Gardening, STEM, Coding, Cooking and many other classes we offer proves this point.  We know that children can learn in many different ways, and we beleive that there is often a high value to offering multiple ways for students to learn.

Recently, Rachel Adams, our school nurse, decided to offer a different way of learning to our students. Below she talks about a unique opportunity students were given to show their knowledge on a recent topic covered in our STEM class. 

Hand Washing Video Competition

I recently spent time with each grade talking about the importance of handwashing. We did a STEM activity in which I used a black light and glo-germ to simulate the amount of germs on their hands. To help us better understand the importance of handwashing, we encouraged the students to make a video with some targeted information that was geared to helping us remember some important guidelines when we wash our hands. The competition has come to an end and I am so proud of each student that participated. We had a total of 9 videos submitted from students ranging from 1st to 5th grades. We also had one submission from our faculty and staff. Over the next few weeks we will watch the other videos in chapel. 

The CDC states, "regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is on the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It's quick, it's simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs." Even knowing this, we often neglect to wash our hands. My hope is that this competition, combined with our STEM lab handwashing experiment, will remind all of us of the importantance of washing our hands to stay healthy.

The video below was selected as the winning video.  It was created by three 5th grade students - Creed Warren, Sam Wiggins, and Graham Stubblefield. Our hope is that it both reminds and encourages you to WASH YOUR HANDS

Sean Corcoran