Students are learning life and business skills by participating in a robotics club and taking classes in 21st century skills and technology.
At Tays Junior High in the Katy Independent School District, Steve Bennett's Concepts of Engineering and Technology class is all about real life skills and problem solving. Bennet was formerly in hotel management and cabinet making. "Facts and figures are important to memorize, but if you can problem solve, that can carry you through anything," he said.
His students learn about using soldering irons, AutoCAD design, and a 3D printer, and also complete open-ended assignments to develop critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving skills.
Recently, a student created a model of a dissected frog, using a 3Dprinter. It had removable internal organs for peers who could not deal with the real life dissection procedure in science class.
For Valentine's Day, the class developed a website to sell laser cut chocolate bars that were custom designed. The proceeds were used to grow the school's engineering program.