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Intermediate school starts new technology program

Thu, Dec 6th 2018 04:45 pm
From left, Allen LaPorte Jr., Isabelle Miron, Cole Heverin, Mrs. Jennifer Rhoads, Emily Francis, and Brielle Gorcheck.
From left, Allen LaPorte Jr., Isabelle Miron, Cole Heverin, Mrs. Jennifer Rhoads, Emily Francis, and Brielle Gorcheck.
This is the first year that technology teacher Jennifer Rhoads has taught at North Tonawanda, and so far she and her students are having a great time. Not only are they getting to problem-solve with ozobots and drones, it is helping them to bring real world problem-solving challenges to life with engineering solutions.  They also learn about collaboration while encouraging them to be creative. 
"This is new for the sixth graders," said Rhoads.  "It is a program that runs for a trimester and it is a STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) course.  Students can get a third of their middle school credit as a sixth grader.  Which is awesome." 
Rhoads also works with the fourth and fifth graders instructing them in two- to three-week mini-units in engineering, design and problem-solving.  Her classes focus on the four Cs: Critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.  She said the feedback has been great. 
"I have a lot of parents tell me how their kids talk about technology all the time. It is great because they are solving problems and they are being successful working together as a group," Rhoads said.

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