In-Class Activities with Students from Hancock Elementary

Written by Alyssa Burley.

Photo courtesy of Google.

Photo courtesy of Google.

On Thursday, December 3rd and 10th, 2015, Project Cornerstone visited 78 second grade students at Hancock Elementary in the San Diego community of Tierrasanta.

Mrs. Hess, Mrs. Doran and Mrs. Gapasin's classes enjoyed learning about the importance of local construction aggregates. 

The class activities began with an introduction to construction aggregates.  Then, the class split into two groups in order to perform a sieve analysis on an aggregate sample.  One group tested a sample that included river sand, while the other group tested a sample with beach sand.  As a class, they figured out which sample would be best for making concrete.  The students were then able to make their own concrete.  Using silicone molds, the students made concrete owls, penguins, footballs, bugs and much more.

The students were excited to do some hand-on science.  One student exclaimed, "this isn't play time, or snack time. This is science time!," as she enthusiastically made her way to the concrete making station.

Photos by Alyssa Burley.

Photos by Alyssa Burley.

Project Cornerstone visits Hancock Elementary for Construction Aggregate Lesson

Written by Alyssa Burley.

Students from Hancock Elementary in the San Diego neighborhood of Tierrasanta, participated in the Project Cornerstone concrete making activity on October 17th & 23th, 2014.

Crystal Howard, Alyssa Burley and volunteer Barbara, led Ms. Craig,  Ms. Doran, Ms. Gapasin, Ms. Gonzalez and Ms. Hess' second grade classes in a presentation designed to educate students about construction aggregates.  They learned where construction aggregates are found locally and how they are used throughout our communities to build roads, schools and homes.  After the lesson, students went outside to make concrete pavers using the information they learned inside the classroom.

Photos by Alyssa Burley.

After seeing the program, the school's principal, Jodi Buckson, invited Project Cornerstone to collaborate on future projects at the school.

Over the two days at the school, about 145 2nd grade students successfully completed the lecture and concrete project.  They all came away from the lesson with a greater appreciation of local mineral resources, specifically construction aggregates, and an understanding of their importance in each of their daily lives.

To request Project Cornerstone at your school, contact Alyssa Burley at alyssa@project-cornerstone.org or call (619) 284-8515.