There is a lot of buzz in the hallways of one rural West Virginia school: they are the first to test out a new STEM middle school curriculum project.
At Calhoun County Middle High School, new funding has brought brand new equipment geared toward STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), and the students there are pretty excited about the new opportunities discovered.
One piece of new equipment being utilized is a new 3-D printer. Students are using complex equations learned in textbooks to apply to the printer in order to create objects, including squirrels.
Teachers say that the students are using concepts learned in textbooks and using them for real world applications, such as the printer.
The program complements the high school’s energy and power courses for passionate students seeking stem-related careers.
The program is funded by the Department of Education. Educators are hoping that the new program will increase attendance and engaged learning. More information on the funding can be read here.
“You feel like you’ve been given an opportunity that most students have. So, using this opportunity as much as we can is something we are striving to do”, remarked Senior Kaitlyn Toney.
Educators are thrilled to spark new interests in students.
“We are the ones that are trying to get them excited, but they are the ones excited now. This is what it’s all about. This is the future of education, and this is where we need to go.”, replied Kelli Whytsell, Superintendent of Schools for Calhoun County.
Educators say that something as small as a 3-D printed squirrel is the start of something big at Calhoun County Middle High School that will provide limitless opportunities for their students and expand their horizons for their future.