Oct 14, 2014 5:01 PM

Segway inventor helps improve Manchester schools


MANCHESTER- Inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen is teaming up with Manchester schools to bolster the city's math and science curriculums.

"Do you think anyone would like a sport that they never got to play? That's how we do math and science. They learn to count, they learn to do addition, subtraction, multiplication, algebra, and trigonometry, but what do they do with it," he said.

Kamen highlights one of the biggest issues throughout New Hampshire schools, students struggling in math and science, because textbook learning isn't for everyone. That's where the junior STEAM ahead program comes in.

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

"It's an opportunity that we don't have in the classroom to have this experience with all the technology in this building. Here they can have this hands on experience," said Karen Sullivan, fourth grade teacher at McDonough Elementary.

Students spent the day at the SEE Science Center learning about theory and abstract concepts behind molecules, gravity, and even momentum.

"When they go back in the classroom and they say conservation of angular momentum says the following, they'll remember spinning until they were dizzy and then slowing down, oh that's angular momentum," said Kamen.

The Steam Ahead program is in addition to traditional learning methods and will be required of every fourth grade class throughout the city.

"I absolutely think this will improve test scores. If they had more opportunity for this hands on learning. I have all different kinds of learners so it's a great opportunity for those kids that really need to hold and to see and to feel things," said Sullivan.


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