In a bid to broaden students’ horizons whilst engaging them in active learning, 69 primary students and seven teachers from R.E.A.L International School (RIS) Cheras Campus embarked on a day trip to Clovers Wheatgrass Factory and Science Bridge Academy. Held late last year, the places offered students two vastly different areas of learning and leisure.
With a well-versed tour guide on hand to keep the students on their toes, the first stop was to the Clovers Wheatgrass Factory in Puchong. There, students were given a tour of the whole factory and discovered how wheatgrass is grown and nurtured before being processed into health supplements and products such as wheatgrass tablets, energy drinks and liquid wash for sensitive skin.
The health benefits of wheatgrass are varied and aplenty. According to Hippocrates Health Institute, “Two ounces of wheatgrass juice has the nutritional equivalent of five pounds of the best raw, organic vegetables”. Overall, it was a highly entertaining visit thanks to the interesting and informative explanations provided by the factory representative.
Next on the agenda was a visit to the Science Bridge Academy in Jaya One, Petaling Jaya. Offering a more ‘hands-on’ and interactive experience for the students, the Academy is a place that was set up to use science to support the comprehensive development of children and to generate greater interest amongst them in the field.
The organization also aims to transform the way the subject is taught, by engaging students with science-based theories that can be applied to real life so that students can relate to them more easily. In addition, the fun scientific experiments encourage young minds to explore their curiosity and enhance critical thinking skills. They also learn to apply thematic-based learning for better knowledge retention.
With souvenirs in hand as well as being wiser and richer in experience as a result, the RIS students ended their day with a smile; satisfied and safe in the knowledge that their exciting educational excursions to the factory and academy respectively had effectively expanded their outlook on the world.