Recently, a group of 7th grade students from Georgia Middle School and BFA Fairfax participated in a day of learning and fun with science and technology sponsored by Champlain College. ROOTS (Reaching Out On Technology & Science) was an event held to spark interest in Science & Technology among middle school students with an emphasis on increasing diversity and female representation in these fields.



ROOTS was an all-day event where students were able to attend three sessions of small group workshops taught by faculty from Champlain College’s Divisions of Information Technology & Sciences (ITS) and Communication and Creative Media (CCM).


Students had the opportunity to take part in hands-on interactive workshops with other middle school students from across Vermont in a variety of Science and Technology centered sessions at the Champlain College campus. Based on personal interests, students selected small group workshops in technology areas ranging from programming, to mobile forensics, to cryptography, to graphic effects in video games. There were also a variety of science topics including body kinematics, x-ray imaging and cars of the future.



Target 3 – Flexible Learning Environments. FWSU maximizes flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and personalized learning opportunities for all.

Action Step 2: Provide students with access to content, resources, and methods for learning beyond the school day and beyond the school walls.

Indicators of Success for this Goal:  Flexible learning environments are the context for collaboration and extend beyond the classroom.

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