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Learning for the Future: Inola Stem Lab

Posted at 12:24 PM, Aug 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-31 13:24:35-04

Friday Night Live isn't just about football. It gives 2 Works for you a chance to show off academic and music programs.

Let's go back into the classroom at Inola High School to see how its stem program is preparing students for a very bright future.

"My favorite station is tinker cat. " says senior Jeremiah Womack

Thanks to Mid-America industrial park in Pryor, Inola High School is preparing students for a successful future with its new stem lab.

Teacher Todd Dixon says, "I've been a teacher for over 20 years biology and chemistry most of that time, and this to me is where education is going."

With 12 computers in the lab and courses that are student led Dixon says his job involves sourcing what students need. Providing encouragement, and then merely standing back to watch as their young minds bring their thoughts and ideas to life.

"The first thing that I designed was an egg that had chicken legs, glasses and a hat it's at my house I still have it," says senior Jeremiah Womack.

Dixon says the class allows students to collaborate and learn from their mistakes, allowing them to be more creative and puts the "fun' back in teaching

"This opportunity that Inola has seems to foster kids to come into the classroom without asking them. So when you see a kid excited about learning, that's why we teach," says Todd Dixon.

In addition to Mid-America's commitment, Inola receives other grants that help the school district put stem ideology into the middle school and elementary school.

They tell us the high school students mentor the younger kids and encourage them to continue stem learning.

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