HQ Members Empower Education in North CarolinaMay 15, 2014 11:42 AM
HQ Raleigh members from Grow by Design and BetaVersity traveled to D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy to enable a "learn by doing" approach where students engage. Grow by Design creates lesson plans for schools to use to accent what they are learning. BetaVersity provides the physical tools for the classroom; they surround students with 3D printers and other innovative machines that enable effective learning. The two companies came together at the school and showed the 6th graders what it means to have an active learning environment.
"At Grow by Design, we firmly believe that it takes a community to educate a child," says Hao Dinh. "Schools and teachers need resources, particularly financial resources, and also people power to help them develop these engaging lesson plans. That's where businesses can come in to provide these resources."
The middle schoolers introduced community members to D.C. Vergo and included the parents as well in a weeklong project. Instead of the students simply writing a paper about the planets of our solar system, the teachers charged the students to sell "trips" to the planets based on their notes and posters. The students pitched their planets to potential "visitors" from the community.
"One of the common missions that Grow by Design and BetaVersity share is that we are very passionate about getting the kids excited about STEM retention," says Lance Cassidy of BetaVersity. "One of the ways to do that is to show them new technology."
Other projects included learning about engineering and manufacturing. An activity included designing products with play dough that were later 3D printed after being scanned into a computer.
The two HQ Raleigh member companies collaborated to bring a unique experience to the students in the school.
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