Motivation is instilling valuable knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in students across the United States and around the world through programs such as THE FLYING CLASSROOM whereby students from Verde Elementary School will take part in this “one-of-a-kind” virtual field trip which will take them around the world during the upcoming school year. Students will take part in visits throughout North America, Asia, and Australia exploring STEM in today’s world through a powerful range of ground, air, and sea expeditions. THE FLYING CLASSROOM, a digital tool designed to help students excel in Math, Science, Reading, and other core subjects, is a two-month journey.
Powered by state-of-the-art technologies, THE FLYING CLASSROOM, to be flown by Captain Barrington Irving, a National Geographic Explorer and founder of the nonprofit Experience Aviation who set a Guinness World record by becoming the youngest person to fly solo around the world in 2007. Captain Irving will utilize a Beechcraft 400XPr airplane to travel to 11 countries beginning in September.
THE FLYING CLASSROOM plans to make stops in places such as Anchorage, Alaska where students will learn about glacial climate interactions and sea level rise with local scientists; Petropavlovk, Russia where students will be part of climbing an active volcano; and Darwin, Australia, where students will learn about balancing the eco-system.
Principal Seth Moldovan of Verde Elementary School had this to say: “I am very excited about the students having the opportunity to be part of this historic event. This educational adventure will expose our students to STEM activities while virtually visiting different places around the world.”
The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County recently received from AT&T a $50,000 grant to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education at Carver Middle School and Atlantic Community High School. This grant will be used to provide students with opportunities to make real world connections through hands-on learning, as well as strengthen the areas of critical thinking and team building. The School Board of Palm Beach County recently recognized AT&T for their support of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County’s mission is to advance excellence in public education by increasing public awareness and sustaining community support for programs focused on learning, literacy and leadership.
REF: PBC School District News, Aug. 2014
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