By Chris Kieffer
SALTILLO – Saltillo Elementary School’s fourth-graders turned into famous inventors on Friday.
The students have been studying biographies for the past four weeks. Each of the roughly 200 fourth-graders picked an inventor, researched him or her, wrote a biography and created a PowerPoint presentation.
On Friday, the school held a wax museum in its auditorium and invited friends and family members. The students dressed as their inventor and stood still until a visitor pushed a “button” on the ground nearby. The pupils then made a biographical presentation in character.
“The students learned how to write a biography and the characteristics of biographies,” said fourth-grade language arts teacher Anna McCarley. “They also are incorporating technology and learning how to create a PowerPoint presentation.”
Represented inventors included Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison and Milton Hershey, among others.
“I think it is interesting because you can learn about other people’s lives and what they do,” said fourth-grader Loren Beck, 10, who studied Elvis.
Ava Martin, 9, chose teddy bear inventor Richard Steiff, because she always loved “snuggling with my teddy bear.”
Meri Parker Pigott, 9, dressed as Eugene Schueller, the founder of L’Oreal. She said she had been interested in makeup since she was little and would get into her mother’s makeup.
“I learned he was French,” she said. “I had always wondered why the name was L’Oreal.”