ST1.2: Students work independently and collaboratively in an inquiry-based learning environment that encourages finding creative solutions to authentic and complex problems.
River Ridge Academy was designed with a specific focus on STEM that allows our students to work independently and collaboratively in an inquiry-based learning environment. In all grade levels and content areas, teachers are providing students inquiry-based learning opportunities and follow a universal design process. Additionally, our Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch curriculum, LEGO Robotics Lab, Gateway to Technology, Media Arts and Google Basics courses students are immersed in an environment that encourages creative problem solving to authentic and complex real world problems. Within our school the structure and design of the hallways and classrooms support an inquiry-based learning environment. When designing our new school details such as furniture and resources were carefully considered to support our STEM program to enhance the collaborative learning environment for all students.
Engineering Design Process
PLTW Launch is available to all students K-5. In this 2nd grade classroom, students are working collaboratively to design packaging that will safely transport a Pringle potato chip from our school to another location, using the US Postal Service.
Plastics Recycling Programs
Middle school students work collaboratively to create Plastics Recycling Programs.
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