Parents and young people are invited to join Polaris Tech leaders March 17 and 24 to see a hands-on demonstration of project-based learning, a key feature in the new charter school opening in August.
The Saturday March 17 event is 10-11:30 a.m. at Ridgeland Baptist Church on Grays Highway; a similar event is March 24 from 11-12:30 at the Hardeeville Library. Both events are free and open to the public, and families are encouraged to join.
The new state charter school is scheduled to open in mid-August in Ridgeland, SC for students in grades 6-10. Utilities were roughed in and the concrete foundation poured in preparation for the exterior to rise up in coming weeks.
Student applications are being accepted online at www.polaristech.org through March 31, 2018.
“Project-based learning helps students relate their classwork to solving real-world problems,” said Dr. William Singleton, a founder of Polaris Tech and former superintendent of Jasper County School District. “It’s one of the ways we will engage the students at Polaris Tech, to help them achieve things they didn’t think possible.”
Project-based learning uses a common goal – the “project” – to incorporate various state academic standards. It is a teaching and learning method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, real-world, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.
Polaris Tech will use hands-on scenarios, challenges, and problems to help students gain useful knowledge and skills while working on projects. Each project’s proposed question drives students to make their own decisions, perform their own research, and review their own and fellow students’ process/projects. Students will also learn to present their findings and project results to others. All of these are critical skills students will need as they go into higher learning and/or the workplace of the future.
Another element of Polaris Tech is the health and wellness component. Assisting with that is AJ Johnson, a fitness trainer, former NFL player and motivating leader. He will demonstrate – and encourage audience participation – some activities that will also be part of the Polaris Tech school week.
Polaris Tech continues to recruit highly-qualified teachers, preferably with experience in a project-based environment. Details are available under Careers at www.polaristech.org.
Student applications remain open through March 31, 2018. If more applications are received for each grade than there are seats available, state law requires a random lottery be conducted to determine who is offered enrollment. By charter, 20 percent of the 280 seats are set aside for Founding Families and children of Polaris Tech employees. Siblings of applicants also get preference in the lottery.
Polaris Tech is a state-approved charter school to serve middle and high school students from Jasper County and the Lowcountry. It is a free school (no tuition). The Polaris Tech academic emphasis will be on six career areas: Aerospace, Health Science, Information Technology, Logistics, Advanced Manufacturing, and Business Management.
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