MILTON — Students at James F. Baugher Elementary School enjoyed geckos, fingerprints, newsprint towers and more as part of a showcase of the Milton Area School District’s recognition of its education programs. vocational and technological education.
On Wednesday, students involved in the district program came to the elementary school to present the programs to fourth and fifth graders. The presentations are part of the district’s Career and Technology Appreciation Month in February.
“We want to expose students to different areas of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field for career exploration,” Amanda Smith-Derck, cooperative education teacher and early childhood education program instructor. “It’s also a recruiting tool to let students know these programs are available when they get to grade 10.”
During the first week of February, parents and community members were invited to visit the school’s eight programs. In week two, student career and technical organizations including FFA, Skills USA, National Technical Honor Society, and FBLA were recognized. This week, in addition to visiting Baugher, CTE students will also visit White Deer Elementary School.
Hands-on, real-world experiences show students they’re pursuing post-secondary education or entering the workforce directly,” Smith-Derck said.
The criminal justice program demonstrated fingerprinting with lotion and cocoa powder, the drawing program demonstrated building towers with newspaper and duct tape, the construction trade demonstrated circuits, the accounting program demonstrated brand and logo management, the automotive program demonstrated airplane guidelines, the preschool program demonstrated writing and making peanut butter sandwiches and frost, and the agriculture program demonstrated habitats.
There are 48 students in the CTE programs, and 14 students participated in the presentations on Wednesday.
Juniors Emily Nichols and Serena Fisher, both 17 and from Milton, showed students a live gecko named Apollo as part of the agriculture program.
“I like kids to be interested in learning,” Nichols said. “It’s fun to learn from them what animals they have at home.”
Geckos, Nichols said, shed once a month and eat their excretion, which provides nutrients. They also have plump tails, which store nutrients.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Fisher said. “I love interacting with children.”
Junior Blaik Hadcock and Sophomore Trey Locke, both 16 and from Milton, were helping students build towers out of newspaper and duct tape as part of the drawing program.
“I really enjoy helping kids learn drawing and other programs,” Hadcock said. “It was funny.”
Next week, high school students are invited to spend a day with CTE programs to determine if they would like to participate. On February 28, the school will host an Olympic-style competition in the CTE building.
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