Teachers in Chisholm focused on innovation in and out of the classroom

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A look at some innovative ways Chisholm kids are learning these days included a visit to the SmartLab.

Elementary students have a chance to create music with circuitry, generate different types of energy, and program a robot named Dash.

They are lead by Mrs. Stephanie Jensen. “I was so nervous when they picked me. But I’m so glad they did,” she shared. “I used to do STEM projects with cardboard boxes and other materials.”

Now she watches them master high-tech STEM activities, and help each other out. “They focus on communication and collaboration. Critical thinking and a lot of creativity. Teaching them how to fail, and then keep trying until you succeed.”

The older kids are also doing some innovative learning.

Chisholm Hibbing Robotics is in its second year now. The team earned enough points to get to state in May.

Their coach, Teresa Allen, said, “The idea of using robotics to move our students forward, so they can be our next engineers. I’m super excited about what’s to come for them.”

And some of the high school students have begun a work based learning program.

Jennifer Fleming is developing the course. The first semester focused on soft skills, resumes, and interviewing. Now some of the students are earning credit, while working in the community.

“Too often kids say, when am I going to use this. Well, we practice something in the classroom, and then they are attempting it in the workplace. That is gratifying,” she said.

Fleming plans on expanding the program next year.