Building Bridges: Whitewater High Science National Honor Society Mentors Minter Elementary School Students in Science Competition

Collaboration ignites passion for science

For the past three years, students at Whitewater High Science National Honor Society have been volunteering to mentor the Sara Harp Minter Elementary Science Olympiad team. Every Friday morning, these mentors visit the Mountain Lions to inspire and deepen their understanding of the content for their events. The mentors bring hands-on activities and games to help the students strengthen their knowledge for the county competition.

The collaboration between Minter enrichment teacher Stacy McClanahan, 1st grade teacher Kristi Soong, and Whitewater High science teachers Kathryn Dupree and Shelley Kozlowski has helped to foster a love for science among students. McClanahan expressed gratitude for the Whitewater students who are willing to develop relationships with and mentor the Mountain Lions. The collective goal of this collaboration is to inspire a love for all things science and build relationships within the Whitewater community.

In addition to supporting the Minter students during competitions, the mentors from Whitewater High also share their love for science with the community through the Whitewater STEAM bus. This passion for science has motivated past students to continue participating in Science Olympiad even as they move on to middle school. The support and mentorship provided by the high school students have been instrumental in helping the Minter students succeed in their science endeavors.

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