At Berea-Midpark High School, advanced project based learning shows real real science to students.
The advanced career technical program “Innovations in Science and Technology” became part of the high school curriculum thanks to a partnership with Polaris Career Center and funding from a $10,000 Southern Regional Education Board grant.
“This is a problem-based science course where students are handed an issue, a problem or situation and they have to develop a way to resolve that,” said teacher Steve Blatnica while presenting a summary of results to the board of education.
Blatnica’s co teacher, Heather Koczur, told the board that in the course there are no set units or textbooks. She called it “one of the very few truly project-based learning courses” at the high school.
“That’s what real science is,” Koczur said. “It’s not just nice, neat packaged experiments. Sometimes the students get a good result, and other times they’ve worked really hard and learned a lot, but maybe didn’t get to where they wanted. And that’s OK. It’s been incredible and busy, but it’s really been fun.”