Bluebird project makes learning science take flight

Kaden Helsel, 12, sets his group’s bluebird house on its post Thursday at South Callaway Middle School as his sixth-grade classmates assist.

Kaden Helsel, 12, sets his group’s bluebird house on its post Thursday at South Callaway Middle School as his sixth-grade classmates assist. Photo by Mandi Steele.

Sixth-grade science students at South Callaway Middle School are learning what real “tweeting” is about.

A new hands-on student project that involves building bluebird houses could mean the state bird may soon be flocking to South Callaway. With help from a Missouri Bluebird Society grant, all four sixth grade classes at SCMS have been building and setting up birdhouses around the school.

Eddie Mulholland, sixth-grade science and math teacher, said the bluebird project teaches students how to do research — to document, observe and see results — in a fun way.

“Sometimes they don’t even know they’re learning, and they’re loving it,” Mulholland said.

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