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PAIGE ANTHONY | Photo Illustration Hiram Wigant, a junior studying elementary education, said the opportunity committee is putting on the children’s forum. Wigant said the committee tries to provide all education majors with opportunities to work with the students they plan to teach in their future careers.
PAIGE ANTHONY | Photo Illustration
Hiram Wigant, a junior studying elementary education, said the opportunity committee is putting on the children’s forum. Wigant said the committee tries to provide all education majors with opportunities to work with the students they plan to teach in their future careers.

BYU-Idaho students can play “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” at the Hinckley Gym June 27 from 2-3 p.m., followed by a children’s forum.

Hiram Wigant, a junior studying elementary education and who is the leader of the opportunity committee, said this an opportunity for education majors, and anyone else interested, to come and learn how to become a better teacher.

“Everyone will be able to benefit from it. Everyone, no matter what you choose to do within life, will, in one way or another, be teaching,” said Jared Breakall, a senior studying chemistry education, and the president of the education society.

After the “Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader” game, there will be a children’s forum where students will be able to ask the kids questions about their schooling experience.

“We’ll have a huge range of ages,” Wigant said, “Those students interested in working with elementary age kids can talk with them, and those  interested in high school age can talk with them.”

Wigant said that they chose the “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” game because they wanted to do something everyone would enjoy, but which also encouraged education.

“We want to break the ice. It’s harder to interview people when they don’t feel comfortable, especially with kids. It’s all about working with kids,” Wigant said.

Breakall said that the forum will help students see how kids respond to education.

“I think it’s difficult for us to go back to our childhood and remember what school was like. The children’s forum will be a great opportunity for us to be able to understand [their] viewpoints on their school experiences,” Breakall said.

Wigant said that most of the questions they plan to use in the “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” game were taken from the television show of the same name.

“I’ve been taking quizzes to see if I can answer them. They’re really hard questions. It’s a lot of fun to see how smart [5th graders] are,” said Taylor Nelson, a junior studying early childhood special education, and member of the opportunity committee.

Wigant said the forum was designed for education majors, but all BYU-I students are welcome to participate.

“If you are interested in coming, you can just come on [June 27] without signing ,” Breakall said.

Nelson said the committee is new and trying to build a reputation.

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