Jasper County STEM Labs taking kids’ education into the future


CHILDREN IN ONE LOWCOUNTRY COUNTY– THANKS TO A NEW INITIATIVE. NEWS 3’S ANDREW DAVIS JOINS US LIVE FROM OUR LOWCOUNTRY NEWSROOM WITH HOW TECHNOLOGY IS LEADING THAT EFFORT. LISTENING, LEARNING, COLLABARATING. THATS THE GOAL OF JASPER COUNTY’S NEW STEM LAB PROGRAM. THE PLAN IS TO KEEP KIDS INVOLVED.. AND INTERESTED THROUGH STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY. IT WILL ALLOW STUDENTS TO GO BEYOND THE BOUNDRIES OF A TEXTBOOK– BY INCORPORATING HANDS ON LEARNING. DR RECHEL ANDERSON/SUPERINT ENDENT, JASPER COUNTY SCHOOLS “WORLD OF ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS TO LEARN” THAT’S WHAT JASPER COUNTY SCHOOLS THINK ABOUT THEIR NEW STEM LABS. A HANDS ON LEARNING SYSTEM WHICH USES COMPUTERS, 3D PRINTERS AND VIRTUIAL REALITY – AMONG OTHER THINGS- TO GIVE STUDENTS AN INTERACTIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE. DR RECHEL ANDERSON/SUPERINT ENDENT, JASPER COUNTY SCHOOLS “AND TO HEAR THEM SAY ITS COOL IS ACTUALLY AWESOME., IT TOOK THEM TO A PLACE THEY’VE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE SO ALLOWING THEM TO EXPOSE TO SOMETHING NEW, TO BE EXPOSED TO SOMETHING THATT IS INSURMOUNTABLE, ITS RIGHT THERE FOR THEM.” CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS/DIR. OF PARTNERSHIPS STEM “IT CHANGES THE CLIMATE, IT CHANGES THE CULTURE OF THE SCHOOL, AND IT CHANGES STUDENTS MINDSET. IT SHIFTS THEIR WAY TO SAY I WANT TO GO TO THAT CLASSROOM, AND I WANT TO LEARN. I WANT TO BE INTERACTIVE, I WANT TO BE ENGAGED. IF I AM A LOW PERFORMING STUDENT IM NOT LOOKED AT AS A LOW PERFORMING STUDENT BECAUSE I AM WORKING HANDS ON.” INNOVATION AND COLLABARATION ARE THE KEY WORDS. KIDS STEPPING AWAY FROM BOOK AND STEPPING INTO A 3-D WORLD WHERE THEY CAN MOVE THINGS. .EXPLORE THEM.. AND ULTIMATELY– UNDERSTAND THEM BETTER.. SEAN BAKER/STUDENT “DO MORE HANDS ON IT WAS ONLY PAPER AND NOTEBOOK, NOW ITS NEW TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS CAN GO ON COMPUTER AND DO WHATEVER THEY WANT.” DE-JEAN BIGGERSTAFF/STUDE NT ” HAVING A STEM LAB IN THIS SCHOOL IM HAPPY WITH THAT BECAUSE I COME FROM JAMAICA AND HADN’T EXPERIENCED THAT SO IT FEELS AMAZING” DR RECHEL ANDERSON/SUPERINT ENDENT, JASPER COUNTY SCHOOLS “INNOVATIVENESS IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF IT, IT OTAKES YOU TO A PLACE YOU;’VE NEVER BEEN BEFORE. IT OPENS YOUR MIND TO THOSE THINKG THAT MAY BE UNKNOWN BUT THEY ARE REACHABLE. THE STEM LABS ARE BEING INTRODUCED IN ALL 3 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.. INCLUDING HARDEEVILLE PRE-K THROUGH 8TH WHERE THOSE STUDENTS WERE FROM. IN ADDITION TO THE BIG BOARD AND VIRTUAL REALITY – THE HOPE IS TO TEACH STUDENT HOW TO READ AND WRITE CODE… EXPOSING THEM TO A POTENTIALLY LUCRATIVE WORLD IN THE FUTURE. ANDREW DAVIS WSAV NEWS 3

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