My seventh and eighth-grade students have been accepted into our school's prestigious STEAM program.
They are extremely bright, young minds, eager to learn and always questioning.
At such a young age, they have passions they are constantly developing such as curing cancer, eliminating animal abuse worldwide, discovering efficient and environmentally friendly ways to co-exist with one another, and creating technological ways to bring history to life. This is a lot, considering many of them have not been outside of our town in South Carolina. They are curious, always wanting to know more about a topic and to discover how it relates to their personal world and the global community as a whole. They thrive on research and presentations, constantly aiming to bring information to those around them. Yearning for hands-on learning and firsthand experiences, my students are driven and determined. They care about their education and know they are not too young for anything.
Imagine a real-world scenario in which there was no technology and no hope for the invention of such equipment. Imagine having to revert to the days of our ancestors and living in some of the conditions that they endured.
Students in our poverty-based community lack many of the modern technologies that are available to most students in more affluent districts and communities.
So for many of these students living in a pre-modern community is still a reality. By giving them the latest in technology such as a portable TV cart so that they are able to display and show off their STEAM projects, I am able to allow them to open their eyes to the possibilities of tomorrow.
Since the majority of our students do not have internet or technology at home we offer students the opportunity to stay two afternoons a week and use computers and iPads to create projects that they use in all of their classes. We have been looking for a way for students to be able to showcase their work during STEAM and literacy nights and we know that they can use this portable TV display to project their work for parents and community members to see. By doing so it raises the investment opportunities for stakeholders in our community to become more involved with these students day to day instruction. Even in an 87.2 poverty index community, we have been one of 62 schools nationwide to receive STEM national accreditation and therefore, we feel it is our task to ensure that these students are given every opportunity to spread their wings and explore the world that is within their reach.
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