Thursday, April 8, 2010

Route 21

National standards...Experiential learning...Interdisciplinary...Are these mutually exclusive? (I hope not!) Can we improve the "classroom experience" through authentic learning connected to the real world (absolutely!). Route 21 is the "21st Century Skills" resource portal & I think it is worth checking out. Additionally, there's the "Real World Design Challenge": "The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual competition that provides high school students, grades 9 – 12, the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year, student teams will be asked to address a challenge that confronts our nation’s leading industries. Students will utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions and will also generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions. The RWDC provides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems that are being faced in the workplace.
The precise nature of the Challenge will change from year to year, but the underlying design principles will remain constant. This year’s Challenge will focus on aeronautics and energy usage."...So where does art & art instruction fit in here? Everywhere! Advocate for your students and the arts by making the connections (be the change--and pardon the "soapbox", I just believe in art being part of the national education discussion).

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