Hockinson Middle School STEM students need only step outside to see construction

first_imgBRUSH PRAIRIE — Students in Hockinson Middle School’s science, technology, engineering and math classes were taken outside to the construction site of the district’s replacement middle school on Friday to see first hand some of the topics they cover in class.The students, ranging from sixth- to eighth-graders, learned about plans for the new school, saw some large construction vehicles up close and found other forms of entertainment on a soggy October day.“The morning group was a bit quieter and asked more questions,” said Bryan Kenney, project manager with Robinson Construction, which is handling the project. “The afternoon group had a lot more energy. They liked to play in the mud.”While touring the site of the new middle school and athletic field, afternoon visitors from Mark Muckerheide’s STEM class spent plenty of time jumping from puddle to puddle, climbing mud piles and using pencils to play drums on helmets provided by Robinson.“Our class is about building things,” Muckerheide said. “What a perfect opportunity to get. They’re building a school right outside from us. Sometimes in class, we can feel the earth shaking while they’re doing work over here. The students ask if we’re having an earthquake.”last_img