Our students here at the Mancos School District are industrious, creative, passionate and caring, to name but a few of their dominant traits. Perhaps the most relevant aspect of our student population, as it relates to the project we are hoping to accomplish, is their diverse backgrounds and skill-sets. Our students are talented and driven, and driven in a wide variety of ways that can often be challenging for our teachers to, well, challenge them in an authentic way.
We want all of our students to feel that their unique skills are recognized and utilized!
We, as a district, have recently launched an initiative to implement Project Based Learning across our entire PK-12 campus. We know that our students possess skills that may never be fully recognized unless we provide authentic learning projects that bring those skills to light. This truth has been made evident by watching this particular project grow from having 40 students involved, to now 71 students from various academic subjects on board. Our students want to create something that shows our community just how talented and innovative they are, and we do not want anything to stand in the way of that.
This leads us to our museum exhibition project. Our 6th-grade students have been working hard researching different native regions throughout the Americas. Students are focusing on elements of climate, biomes, natural resources, history, landforms, food, water, societal roles, and many other topics. Students in the 6th-grade class are also focusing on what it takes to create a museum exhibit. Together with the 6th-grade class there will be students in the advanced welding class who will be creating an iron structure to house our exhibit. Another class, engineering and physics, will be creating the wiring and lighting aspects of our exhibit. The high school students will also be incorporating sound elements in the final museum design.
Students will be exposed to many different educational standards through-out this project. This is truely a team effort and a labor of love for these students. We are in need of funds to support this idea and get these students the materials they need to accomplish their goal.