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Teachers at Lansdowne and SCAPA to give new LEGO materials a trial run; it’s teamwork — and fun

By Tammy Lane Fayette County Public Schools Nine-year-old Jerome Taylor already knows the value of LEGO lessons in the STEAM lab at Lansdowne Elementary, pointing out how he and classmates can be really creative in their class time. “You work as a team and also have fun,” he said one day as the children built incline planes and levers to demonstrate a catapult. Jerome’s teacher, Jennifer Rodabaugh,...

‘Life is Cool’ demos give youngsters an
inside look at how body’s organs function

Pig organs are effective teaching tools. Statewide, Landsdowne Elementary in Lexington is the 31st school that ‘Life is Cool’ has visited since 2008. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   For fourth-grader Riley Speck, learning alongside classmates about the body’s organs reminded him of the generous Chattanooga family who gave him a new heart.   At...

OfficeMax ensures 'A Day Made Better' for Lansdowne Elementary STEAM lab teacher

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   The first of October was certainly “A Day Made Better” for Jennifer Rodabaugh at Lansdowne Elementary, who received nearly $1,100 in school supplies from OfficeMax. The surprise haul included a cushy new chair, Canon camera, Kindle Fire and a software package, along with the usual loads of markers, notebooks, folders, scissors, glue sticks and more to...