Robot Competitions, Computer Coding, Culinary Taste Tests, Health Screening and New Fangled Inventions will Introduce Fun, Hands-On Opportunities for Students in 4th-9th Grades Preparing to be College and Career Ready
WHAT: Do you remember building with Lego’s or watering Chia pets? What about using toy hand tools to “fix” things around the house or designing clothes for dolls out of doilies? Wouldn’t it be great if students connected careers to learning to engineer buildings and gardens or design clothing and new methods of food production? Elk Grove Unified provides its students with project-based learning and will showcase several student run projects at the fourth annual EXPLORE: Map Your Future event. The exposition-style open house invites students and their families to learn about many of the the District’s academies and pathways representing 15 industry sectors available at each high school. Hosted by the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) high school students from all nine high schools and academy instructors plan to simulate activities and answer questions from curious onlookers about the diverse programs offered through EGUSD’s College and Career Options programs. The academies and pathways in Elk Grove Unified offer real-world hands-on experiences that make career-connected learning relevant, meaningful and fun!
WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Elk Grove SES Hall, 10428 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624
WHO: Students in fourth through ninth grades are invited to attend EXPLORE: Map Your Future. Students’ family members are also invited to learn more about EGUSD’s Career Technical Education programs. EGUSD staff and administrators as well as post-secondary institutions, community and industry sector partners all will be available to answer guests’ questions.
WHY: Students thrive when learning is relevant, exciting and when school becomes a place where they feel at home. Former academy students say that the academy and pathway programs feel more like a family than school work and enable them to explore their interests and discover options within reach through relevant classes and real-world experiences. Most of all, former academy students have fun, are challenged and discover new things about themselves, their community and their direction in life.
Other benefits includes motivating students to:
- Stay in school
- Build curiosity and critical thinking skills
- Engage in and enjoy core academic courses
- Improve attendance
- Gain work experience
- Build confidence to take on academically challenging subject matter and learn how it is relevant to their career and educational goals
- Perform better in the classroom
- Learn how to translate the knowledge and skills developed in an academy/pathway program to excel in college and in a career
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 65 schools: 40 (+2 opening in July 2017) elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 40 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and strive for having every student learning in every classroom, every subject, every day.
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