Bags Full of Science offers South County students hands on alternative to distance learning
GREENFIELD, Calif. (KION)
The Greenfield Community Science Workshop has distributed thousands of bags with learning material for students in a project they call "Bags Full of Science."
Each bag contains simple objects and materials for students to create personal science activities.
The bags also include instructional packets and YouTube videos for English and Spanish speaking students.
Jose Sanchez, director of the workshop, says a concern among teachers and parents is the possibility that children may digress during the next year as uncertainties of the pandemic has made many schools across the Central Coast turn to full distance learning.
Sanchez says while distance learning can be a good tool, he believes it is important for students to do their learning hands on.
"“There are several limitations that come with that including the fact that you can no longer put materials into the hands of kids," says Sanchez.
"We also understand that parents have to be full time teachers now as well so these also help for them hopefully."
Sanchez says the original goal was to provide enough bags to keep the kids academically stimulated until the summer, but now bags will be handed out every Thursday until the end of the year or longer if needed.
He says the next goal is to partner up with local school districts to expand this project and bring the learning materials to more students on the Central Coast.