Popular TV game show receives Tech twist

April 29, 2010

by Jessica Cassels

Tech students competed against A.E. Phillips fifth-graders Monday to test their knowledge and see if they “Are Smarter than a Fifth-Grader?”

Hosted by College of Education students, the game consisted of college students choosing categories of questions to be answered ranging from first to fifth-grade level.

Carlos Young, a sophomore electrical engineering major, said he decided to participate in the event because he watched the game show often.

“It seemed fun,” he said. “This was solidified with my interactions with the fifth-graders.”

Young said after competing in this event he now has a different outlook on his education.

“I realized my knowledge isn’t as broad as I had thought,” Young said. “I definitely have some studying to do.”

He said the whole game was a good experience for everyone.

“‘Interesting’ describes the whole thing,” Young said. “It let you know what things you had forgotten about. I really hope they do something like this again so that I can participate.”

Skylar Scott, an A.E. Phillips fifth-grader, said she feels smarter after playing a few rounds of the game.

“The questions felt a lot harder than what we usually do in class,” Scott said. “I got some of them right, so it made me feel smart.”

She said the math questions seemed easier, while the science and history were really difficult.

“I don’t think they were fifth- grade questions,” Scott said. “I heard Dr. Manning say they were really on a seventh-grade level.”

She said she thinks A.E. Phillips fifth-graders are smarter than the Tech students who competed against them.

“On a lot of the questions we were smarter than them, but not all of them,” she said. “Some of the questions confused all of us.”

Tessa Bryant, a junior elementary education major, said this program was a great abstract field experience opportunity.

“The fifth graders and the college students interacted very well,” Bryant said. “The fifth-graders were very excited and eager to help the college students answer the questions.”

Bryant said she believes both groups of students benefitted from the game.

“Many of the fifth-graders expressed their enjoyment after the conclusion of the event,” Bryant said. “I believe that the most memorable aspect of the game for the children was the opportunity to practice team-building with the college students.”

Bryant said a primary mission of the College of Education students is to sponsor activities and projects that provide fun learning opportunities for students.

“If we hosted another game, we would consult experienced teachers for assistance in the development of the questions,”
Bryant said. “Actual elementary test questions would provide great reinforcement for the fifth-graders and great challenges for the college students.”