The Buddy Program at Saint Catherine School benefits students in a variety of ways. Kindergartners and eighth graders, first and seventh graders, and second and sixth graders learn from each other while enjoying social and academic experiences. Recently the first and seventh grade buddies participated in a joint STEM project when they experimented with flight by designing and making paper airplanes, and testing how high and far their planes flew.
First students learned about aerodynamics, lift and drag in their classrooms. Later each buddy team made several paper airplanes. Students then flew each plane measuring the height and distance flown. Next the pairs made some adjustments to their planes in an effort to extend the height and distance of flight. Finally, each student wrote a reflective paragraph describing what worked and what didn’t, as well as what the student learned from the experience.
Other buddy activities include reading to each other, art projects, service and meals. The Buddy Program gives lower grade students an opportunity to get to know older students, and upper grade students come to appreciate that being a positive role model requires them to reflect on their actions at all times.