This spring SmartLab’s creative team is sharing the wacky world of science with the students at Roxhill Elementary School’s Monday morning enrichment program.
The enrichment program was started by PTSA member Sarah Popelka as a way to expose children at the urban elementary school to new opportunities. “The families and students at Roxhill Elementary represent a very diverse community, rich in culture and languages. However, nearly 80% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches and the families cannot afford to pay for outside music and science programs,” Sarah says. As a parent and PTSA member, Sarah felt it was important to provide enrichment opportunities for all Roxhill students, regardless of their ability to pay for the classes.
When SmartLab learned of the Roxhill PTSA’s mission, we leaped at the opportunity to help the kids in our community. At SmartLab, we know wonderful things happen when children have fun with positive adult role models. Studies by the Child Development Institute (link) and America Academy of Pediatrics (link) show that when children and adults play together, kids learn how to cooperate, communicate, use good judgment, and perform better in school.
“By working with community partners like SmartLab Toys, we [the Roxhill Elementary PTSA] are able to create valuable programs that allow our students to experience science in new and exciting ways that enrich their lives—and in turn enrich the lives of everyone around them,” Sarah says.
Each week the students at Roxhill Elementary will use their brains and SmartLab toys like Ultimate Secret Formula Lab, Crash Test Lab, and ReCon Rover to conduct chemistry experiments, test the laws of physics, program robots, and more!