Southern Hills Career and Technical Center hosted the Project Discovery Summer Academy during the weeks of June 6-13,. Through the Brown County Chamber of Commerce, Project Discovery Summer Academy provided eighth graders with hands-on experience of STEM careers and regional career opportunities.
Selection of students was through an application process and was based on personal interest each student. The middle schools within the Southern Hills CTC District selected the students to attend the engaging experience that lasted four days. The first week of the academy, Southern Hills CTC welcomed Fayetteville Perry with 16 attendees, Georgetown with 18, Bright Local with 11 and Eastern Brown with seven attendees. The second week brought Hamersville with 19, Mt. Orab Middle with 38, and Ripley Union Lewis with four attendees.
Along with the eighth graders each school provided one volunteer to assist with the transportation and the daily activities. The volunteer from Whiteoak was Allison Bach.
Students began each day with breakfast in the dining commons upon arrival to Southern Hills CTC. Then the students broke out into their classrooms. The classes that students selected from to attend were: Automotive Technology with instructor Mark Davis; Criminal Justice, instructor Randy Carson; Construction Technology, instructor James Schmidt; Culinary Arts, instructor Julie Evans; Graphics, instructor Amy Cunningham; Information Techonology, instructor Ginger Ring; Early Childhood Education, instructor Michelle Michael; Cosmetology, instructor Patience Kilgore and Clinical Health with instructor Jackie Hanson.
The students had a fantastic time learning about the careers in those fields, taking field trips, and digging deep into the program by designing their own video games, making their own Art portfolio, and learning real police work to name a few. The students were also treated to lunch. Each day concluded at 2:30 p.m. The final day students invited parents, guardians and loved ones to come share a meal prepared by the culinary class with chef Evans at the helm. They also were able to demonstrate some of their projects and received a certificate during the final ceremony.
Through the many volunteers and Southern Hills CTC, the eighth graders of Project Discovery were able to walk away excited about careers and armed with knowledge gained during their week at the academy. You can find pictures and more information about the project based learning at www.facebook.com/southernhillsctc.
Submitted by Melissa Layman, Southern Hills Career and Technical Center.