Sara Murray's grant was used to purchase physics and design building blocks and outdoor classroom equipment to enhance the STEAM programming Grade 1. She wrote in her proposal, "I attended a screening of the movie “The Land” at the Boston Children’s Museum.
This movie is a documentary about an adventure playground in Wales and explores the nature and benefits of risky play. The movie was followed by a panel discussion, and I was intrigued by this focus on child-directed exploration and providing opportunities for outdoor learning and play in nature. I have done extensive research about how and why opportunities for outdoor learning and play are so important for children and their development. I want to incorporate what I have learned into the first-grade program at Brimmer and May by designing a dedicated outdoor component to our first-grade STEAM program. Click here to read her full proposal.