Valley students learn science at skating rink

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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MESA, Ariz. -- A lesson in science took a group of Valley students to the skating rink.

Skateland in Mesa offers a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) class.

Thursday's lesson of sound and acoustics took center rink.

"I was learning the transformation of what a slinky can do, the low transformation and the high transformation," said third-grade student Neda Aliakbar.

The third graders from Copper Ridge Elementary School in Scottsdale learned about rink design and sound waves.

"They're everywhere and, like, you can use them with instruments, and you use your vocal cords with them," said third-grade student Grayson Medress.

The change of scenery helps students learn.

"It's obviously going to tie in the lesson better because kids learn better when they're up and moving, and not just sitting and listening. So, I think the things they learn today they're going to remember for a long time," said Copper Ridge teacher Brandi Raines.

Mesa's Skateland offers five different STEM lessons that all tie in science to roller skating.

"Afterward, they get to kind of have a reward and get to go skating. The idea is that they'll be thinking about the concepts that they learn," said Skateland STEM educator Emily Macklin. "Thinking about, today's lesson was about acoustics and sound waves and vibrations and echoes, and maybe thinking about that while they're skating."

The STEM class runs for one hour. Students can then skate for two hours. Skateland has STEM programs from K-12. The classes run from $11-$14 per student.

For more information, visit www.SkatelandMesa.com.