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Wilkinson Elementary School Receives 30 Magiscopes Through Community Partnership with Temple Emanu-El and The Thinking Center

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SARASOTA COUNTY, September 21, 2018 – Wilkinson Elementary School is pleased to announce the introduction of 30 new Brock Optical Magiscopes to their K-4 STEAM Academy classrooms.

Donated by Amy Falk Weinberger of The Thinking Center in partnership with Temple Emanu-El’s Starfish Initiative, the Magiscopes will add a new level of depth and curiosity to the already engaging learning experiences STEAM Academy students enjoy. Wilkinson Elementary School specializes in STEAM curriculum, an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for shaping student inquiry and critical thinking.

“The vision of the Wilkinson Elementary School STEAM program is for our school and community partners to work together to prepare students for the future,” said Susan Nations, principal of Wilkinson Elementary School. “Community partners like Temple Emanu-El positively impact academic success through their caring sponsorship of integrated, hands-on STEAM experiences and technology. This generous donation from The Thinking Center and Amy Falk Weinberger will advance that vision, as the students and teachers use these unique microscopes both in the classroom and in the field.”

“The Thinking Center is intensely focused on facilitating exceptional learning experiences for children and the STEAM curriculum found at Wilkinson Elementary certainly delivers on that focus,” commented Amy Falk Weinberger, founder and director of The Thinking Center. “We pride ourselves on taking a full sensory approach that empowers children to learn with methods and practices that suit their needs. A tool like the Magiscope engages students in so many valuable ways. My mother, Marilyn S. Friedman, was passionate about advancing education and I fondly give this donation to honor her memory.”

“This program is near and dear to our hearts, and we are thrilled to support Wilkinson Elementary,” noted Tanice Knopp, coordinator of Temple Emanu-El’s Starfish Initiative. “We believe that children learn best through being actively involved in their own education, and that means having access to resources that will drive their learning forward. Our Initiative shares many of the same values and objectives as The Thinking Center. We are happy to collaborate with Amy Falk Weinberger to make this opportunity possible for Wilkinson STEAM Academy students.”

“It was important to me to design a tool that would change the way we viewed the world,” remarked Dennis Brock, inventor of the Magiscope and founder of Brock Optical. “I felt the ideal microscope should be able to view anything, indoors or out, and be used by anyone regardless of age, with ease and without worry. Created with children in mind, Magiscopes are so durable that teachers can take them to learning explorations in the community, accessing real-world learning outside the classroom. It is exciting to see learning come alive in the next generation of scientists at Wilkinson Elementary School.” 

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