Thursday, September 18, 2014

RHS STEM trip to Atlanta, GA

Out of my comfort zone!!!!!

About 2 weeks ago I had the privilege of chaperoning 100+ high schoolers to Atlanta, GA. What started out as a favor to my husband turned into a blessing for me. See, I taught some of this kids when they were in elementary school and I still work with many of their families at my school. Knowing about opportunities that are available now for students was really eye opening for me.

 I was very apprehensive about taking so many high schoolers out over night in downtown ATL (gasp!) but they were very sweet and respectful. The purpose of our trip was to visit the Dream Cars exhibit at the high museum and tour the campus of GA Tech with their graduate student mentors. Here are some pictures of the high lights.

Note:check out the link at the bottom

Eating at The Varsity
Photo creds@mikea

Entrance to the High Museum

Photo creds@mikea

At 3D printer at Georgia Tech

Students using their 5 senses to create their dream car. I loved this and really want my Kaleidoscope students to do this!!!

The view from the Ga Tech hotel conference and convention center.  My rookie was the high school drafting teacher. She's awesome!

Another view from the High Museum.  The entrance to the Dream Cars exhibit.

My meal at the varsity. I've lived in GA almost 13 years, and this is the first time I've been to the varsity!

My favorite car from the exhibit. I loved how the museum set up the tour. Everyone had iPod touches and headphones. You could click on pictures, videos, adjust the sound, etc at each exhibit. I could hear and take my time!

Another cool exhibit. I'm not a "car girl" but this was a really interesting exhibit.

This was a fabulous weekend. As a teacher I was sharpened by the experience. Seeing all these things made me really want to open up the world to my kiddos even more. This was such a good experience for students and I may add one that doesn't come around very often. In my opinion, it is huge that high schoolers are working with GA Tech grad students on a weekly/biweekly based via Skype on their STEM project. It was amazing hearing what some high school students want to create. These students are our future!wow!

One of my favorites-The fountain at GA Tech

Here is a link to an article that one of the mentors from GA Tech wrote about our high schoolers visiting campus.

Importance of mentorship programs for rural youth | Technique

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