Sep 12th, 2013
LAKE WALES – Janie Howard Wilson Elementary’s new IGNITE Academy is exciting students and parents about STEM subjects and project learning.
IGNITE stands for “Inspiring Growth and Innovation To Excel.” High-ability fourth and fifth grade students participate in the academy during the school day, and IGNITE also has an “extended day” once a week.
“This class integrates the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics into hands-on, project-based activities that challenge students to think critically and creatively,” explained teacher Nicole McClain. She coordinates science and engineering instruction, and teacher Charlotte Weis is responsible for the technology and math components, although the two work in close partnership.
“Each student will have an iPad Mini to use during the school day. They will be primarily doing project-based learning, as well as critical thinking activities,” said McClain.
The official mission of IGNITE is to provide challenging educational experiences for high-ability students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by fostering exploration, innovation and problem solving.
PHOTO #1: IGNITE Academy students traveled to Lake Wales High on Sept. 3 to hear speaker Dr. Benjamin Carson.
PHOTO #2: LWCS Superintendent Jesse Jackson (left) speaks to families about their role in IGNITE Academy.
PHOTO #3: Janie Howard Wilson Elementary IGNITE Academy students pose with teachers Nicole McClain (far left) and Charlotte Weis (far right).