Jackson Primary in Williamsport Featured in National Publication

 Jackson Primary School’s maker space initiative is featured in a supplemental issue of the latest edition of “Principal,” a national education publication with 23,000 subscribers.

In the article, Jackson’s maker space, Tinker Town, is highlighted among schools that have integrated STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) opportunities and experiences for students.

Launched during the 2014-15 school year, Tinker Town began as an after-school program that provided a creative, hands-on opportunity for students that gained the participation of 250 families. Last year, the program made its move into the classroom, continuing to challenge students to think creatively and critically through STEAM.

Jackson is among the schools featured in the magazine’s supplemental “Champion Creatively Alive Children” publication, sponsored by Crayola, which helped fund the school’s Tinker Town program last year through a grant, along with the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation.

“It was an exciting opportunity to be awarded this grant and working with the team here to prepare curriculum and instructional materials to meet the needs of STEAM,” said Principal Kirk Felix.

The team’s leader, art teacher Sandy Corson, echoed that sentiment.

“Our team has worked so well to focus on students and the grant provided us with unique materials to give them opportunities that wouldn’t normally be available,” Corson said. “They are unique, exciting and engaging learning challenges that are all a part of our focus.”

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