New Year, New Schools for the AGPA


Mr. John Fellenstein and a DeWitt Elementary School student gathering supplies to create poly putty

In December 2017 the Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) took part in a STEM Leadership Cadre for teachers seeking hands-on educational experiences. Programs like this one are always good networking opportunities, and this one was no different. Thanks to valuable connections made during this workshop, the AGPA has been invited to two new schools to provide students with fun, unique polymer education.

The first of these visits was a fifth grade classroom at DeWitt Elementary School in Cuyahoga Falls on January 9th. AGPA Content Specialist John Fellenstein visited Mrs. Heidi Short’s fifth grade classroom to show the students how polymers create strong bonds. They tested different glue concentrates for bounce, and Fellenstein shared with the class information on the Rubber Band Contest.

Students creating poly putty in Mrs. Heidi Short's classroom

Fellenstein continued putting a fun spin on polymer outreach for third graders at Herberich Primary School in the Copley-Fairlawn District on January 12.

Additionally, the AGPA will be running Family Science Nights for the fourth and fifth graders at Bath Elementary School in the Revere District in April of 2018. These Science Nights are a hit among younger students and their parents, who can spend time together learning about science through fun, family-friendly activities.

DeWitt students taking measurements for bounce

With new classrooms to visit, new students to teach, and new ways of learning, the AGPA is going to make learning about polymers a blast in the new year.