IGNITE Summer 2019 - Page 2

Embracing Experiential Learning PAGE 3 100 Steps Closer to a Degree PAGES 4 - 7 Good Vibrations: An Orchestra Built on Empathy PAGES 8 - 9 Parking Lot Showdown: Students Race Food Trucks to Raise Money PAGES 10 - 13 Finding Evidence for Engagement PAGES 14 - 15 Where Empathy Meets Engineering PAGES 16-18 Storage Wars: Students Explore STEM through Container Design PAGE 19 Submit Your Story 2 It’s summer, and the break provides a natural pause to reflect on our schools’ progress: What approaches are working? What needs to be updated? And perhaps most importantly, which lessons will stick with students, even after a three-month vacation? In this issue, we’re looking at AOPS educators equipping students with lifelong skills through hands-on experience. These students are thinking creatively. They’re collaborating with peers. And they’re gaining practical know-how that can be carried beyond the classroom. For example, Archbishop Wood High School students are researching serial killers and analyzing crime scenes to see how science empowers real-life forensics breakthroughs. An orchestra program at Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School is giving participants a rare chance to master classical instruments, helping the diverse group find common ground. And Saint Maximilian Kolbe School is challenging its students to design, build, and race miniature food trucks, raising real money for an important cause. As you read these stories, feel free to jot down ideas to test in your own school or classroom in the upcoming year. As AOPS students are learning, sometimes the best way to approach a new lesson is to roll up your sleeves and try it for yourself.