HCS Teachers Conduct STEM Workshops in China

This week, two Huntsville City Schools Greenpower teachers are in China working with educators on how to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities to their classrooms as a way to enhance learning.  Penny Hill and Lauren Campbell will be demonstrating how the Goblin Car and other related Greenpower curriculum that incorporate hands-on, problem solving skills can engage students.  The workshops will take place over four days in two different Beijing schools and will include topics such as the engineering design process and STEM challenges that use everyday items.  Educators from China extended the invitation and also covered the cost of the trip.

Penny Hill says she not only looks forward to conducting the workshops, but also learning about the teaching methods that their educators use in the classroom.  Greenpower students from China participated in the Jaguar Classic Greenpower USA Race last November.  While in Huntsville, the students not only visited with Morris and Mountain Gap students, but worked to put their cars together for the November race.  Hill says that visit to Huntsville led to the invitation to come to China to participate in the educational exchange this week.

Last year, Huntsville City Schools and China signed a memorandum of understanding for mutual participation of promotion of Greenpower events, along with opportunities for academic exchange and international collaboration in Greenpower programs.  

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