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Home Town Heroes Celebrated at The Imagination Lab
Home Town Heroes Celebrated at The Imagination Lab
Sabrina Kapp
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Throughout November, The Imagination Lab has focused on heroes, including Hometown Heroes. During this afternoon's odyssey for Clarks Creek fifth grade students, Plainfield Police, Fire Rescue and 911 dispatchers were honored and talked with students about their roles in the community. 

5th grade students thank local heroes from police, fire and 911

Once students broke into their small groups, they worked with wood and tools, including wood burning and stamping. Other stations included heart health, virtual reality exploration of the heart, and CPR instruction; learning about public safety careers; creating stop-motion animation based on interdependent learning; coding; and measuring elasticity. 

During a heart health odyssey, students learn about the chambers of the heart and how to perform CPR.

Plainfield graduates from the 70s into the 2000s might recognize the lead learner (above) as Mr. Bruce Baker, former teacher, coach and guidance counselor at the Junior High/Middle School. He's now a regular volunteer at The Imagination Lab!

Not only are public safety officials our heroes, they also have important jobs within our community. Here, they talk with students about their jobs and the studies that led them down that path.
Working in Collaboration Court, students share ideas to create their own stop-motion animation.

Artist-in-Residence Elizah Monai created this thought-provoking graphic about heroes

One of our high school interns assisting students with a coding project
Students measuring the elasticity of a variety of items

Students enjoyed working with the wood-burning tools

Other students created ornaments out of stamped and painted wood discs

Not only are we incredibly fortunate to have something like The Imagination Lab - the space, materials, partners and staff, but it also takes MANY volunteers to assist with the daily odysseys. If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, whether weekly, monthly or even just occasionally, check out the information at this link: