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Students Learn With Toy Trucks

By Staff | May 24, 2017

Some lucky Short Line School students have had quite the learning opportunity lately, thanks to a partnership between Hess Corporation and Baylor College of Medicine.

Teachers across the country were invited, in March, to apply for a free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) kit. Teacher Leslie Lively, of SLS, was one of the lucky 500 teachers to win the kit, which includes a booklet of lesson plans and several top-of-the-line shiny HESS toy trucks and dragster cars.

Lively noted to the Chronicle that he was made aware of the grant opportunity by former Wetzel County Educator Linda Fonner.

Despite the smooth and shiny, freshly painted exterior – and flashing lights and tooting horns – the toy trucks and dragster cars are being used by Lively’s class to teach some important STEM concepts, including friction, inclined plane, inertia, mass, momentum, kinetic energy, speed and velocity, safety design, stability, mass, measurement of distance and speed, sound generation, and more.

Lively’s class all expressed great enthusiasm for the new lesson plans, with student Gavin Derby noting, “One of the most reasons why I like the Hess Toy Truck is because you are playing and learning at the same time. One of the most favorite experiments was when we did the race car on how fast the car went and the average. That was my favorite thing.”