The sixth graders wowed the students, parents and staff with their creative costumes, props and presentations as historical figures at their annual wax museum event.
The students each chose a person from history to study. They had to research the key information about their chosen person, create a display, design a costume and memorize a speech that they prepared as if they were that historical person. When a visitor came along to push their “on” button, the student came to life as that character.
“I love that we got to dress up as the character,” said Brianna Small who received first place as Queen Elizabeth I.
Teacher Brandy Rich has been conducting a wax museum for many years with her students ranging from 3rd grade up to 8th grade. “I’ve had adult students say they still remember the information they shared back when they were in my class. The fact that it is really truly going into their long-term memory is pretty cool.”
Camila Morales-Fernandez, who took second place as Florence Nightingale, said, “I like that we got to learn more about the people that took care of other people.”
In addition to retention, the wax museum experience teaches kids research, presentation and speaking skills. Some of them even differentiated their speech depending on their audience, whether that be kindergarten students, academy students or parents.
The students were graded based on a clear list of requirements and awarded first, second and third place recognition. The judges were Principal Jeffrey Lambert, Vice Principal Theresa Robidoux and SNEC Education Superintendent Beverley Bucknor.
“I hope my character was an inspiration because I like music,” said Lucas Barbosa who got third place as Johann Sebastian Bach.