Copper King STEAM Academy

Copper King STEAM Academy


>>Anncr: THESE STUDENTS ARE NOT
YOUR TYPICAL MIDDLE SCHOOLERS. THEY’RE LEARNING TO THINK
LIKE ENGINEERS. IT’S ALL A PART OF COPPER KING
ELEMENTARY’S S.T.E.A.M. PROGRAM, WHICH STANDS FOR SCIENCE,
TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART, AND MATH. IN THESE CLASSES, STUDENTS
DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR REAL-WORLD SCENARIOS, THROUGH PROJECT-BASED
LEARNING. THE STUDENTS BRAINSTORM AND
PLAN THEIR PROJECT. THEY THEN USE EVERYDAY MATERIALS
LIKE THESE TO BRING THEIR PROJECTS TO LIFE. AFTER THE PROJECT IS COMPLETE —
THE STUDENTS GET TO TEST THEIR DESIGN. [STUDENTS COUNTING]
TEACHER RACHEL KISSNER SAYS THE STUDENTS’ CREATIVITY NEVER FAILS
TO AMAZE HER.>>THEY’RE AMAZING. THEIR IDEAS ARE REALLY NOVEL,
AND SOMETIMES THEY SEEM TOTALLY — LIKE, THAT’S NOT EVEN
POSSIBLE, BUT THEN I HAVE TO HOLD MYSELF BACK, AND I HAVE TO
SAY, “I CAN’T TELL YOU IT’S NOT POSSIBLE, BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW
WHAT’S GOING TO BE POSSIBLE 40 YEARS FROM NOW WHEN YOU’RE
DESIGNING FOR PROBLEMS THAT I DON’T EVEN KNOW EXIST.”
I THINK THAT’S THE COOL THING ABOUT TEACHING MIDDLE GRADES,
BECAUSE EVERYONE LOOKS AT THEM, “WELL, THEY’RE 13, 14,
THEY CAN’T DO THAT.” BUT THEY CAN.>>Anncr: EVEN STUDENTS LEARN
THAT THEIR AGE CAN NOT STOP THEM FROM MAKING A DIFFERENCE.>>EVEN THOUGH WE’RE YOUNG, WE
LEARN THAT THERE ARE REAL-LIFE PROBLEMS, AND WE CAN HAVE AN
IMPACT ON THEM. DURING OUR LESSON, THEY BRING UP
REAL-LIFE SITUATIONS AND HOW WE CAN APPLY WHAT WE LEARN EVERY
DAY TO THE REAL WORLD.>>Anncr: STUDENTS SAY THE
LESSONS GO FAR BEYOND THE CLASSROOM.>>NOW I’M REALLY MORE OPEN-EYED
TO THE WORLD, AND REALLY THINKING MORE ABOUT MY DIGITAL
FOOTPRINT AND MY REAL-LIFE FOOTPRINT.>>Anncr: AND THE PROGRAM’S
UNDERLYING GOAL?>>WE REALLY WANT TO ENCOURAGE
GIRLS IN ENGINEERING, AND MINORITY STUDENTS IN
ENGINEERING, TO OPEN UP THAT FIELD FOR THEM THAT WAS
OTHERWISE, ESPECIALLY THROUGHOUT PAST, KIND OF CLOSED OFF
TO THEM. IF YOU LOOK AT OUR KIDS,
THEY DON’T LOOK LIKE TRADITIONAL ENGINEERS. THEY LOOK LIKE FUTURE ENGINEERS.>>Anncr: REPORTING FOR KNOW99,
I’M JENNIFER ALVAREZ.

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