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Learning’s All Fun and Games at Simpson Elementary

Simpson Elementary School is just one of 11 Georgia schools Infinite Energy gave a total of more than $50,000 in educational grants to this year in Gwinnett County.

It’s part of our effort to help schools strengthen learning in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). We feel supporting these fields of education is one of the best ways to give back.

Simpson Elementary won its $900 grant for a project called Breakout at Simpson. We caught up with technology teacher Amy B. to learn more about it.

“There’s been a buzz around Peachtree Corners in regard to this activity for sure,” Amy said, adding that the project has been up and running for 4th– and 5th-grade students since the second day of classes.

Amy said the project relies on an educational game platform called Breakout EDU. It has hundreds of academic games and puzzles. And students are tasked with challenges that they have to work on together in order to overcome.

“The first activity I chose was a team builder because my students will work in groups for many projects this year,” she said. “This helps build the collaboration and communication skills they’ll need to strengthen before middle school. And they also have to think creatively to unlock these puzzles.”

STEAM-focused classes are great for strengthening these traits in students, she said. But they also show how valuable it is to “fail forward,” to be able to learn from your mistakes and still keep moving ahead. “These are the skills that all students need as they progress to the next grade level or as they join the workforce in the real world,” she said.

“Receiving the Infinite Energy grant was extremely exciting. My brain is already thinking about the next grant I’d like to write in order to keep our STEM program growing.”

Infinite Energy is proud to help support Simpson Elementary School. And we look forward to hearing about more of their future projects and successes.

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