Featuring an innovative and successful STEM program that teaches 21st-century learning skills in a unique way, Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School, located on Alaska’s Eielson Air Force Base, is the grand-prize winner of the fifth annual Follett Challenge.
The school, part of Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and named after famous aviator, Carl Ben Eielson, earns a $60,000 prize in Follett products and services, plus a celebration May 6 at their school.
The school’s winning entry, “Aiming High at Eielson” documents how the students, many of whom are children of military personnel stationed at the base, participate in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) pilot program that gives them the opportunity to work with and learn from U.S. Air Force personnel.
Students in grades 7-8 are provided with specialized career training aligning with STEM lessons being taught in class. They have the opportunity to learn about aircraft maintenance on fighter jets, intern at the medical and dental clinic on base, work at the base fire station or pharmacy, shadow builders on construction sites, and do pre-apprenticeship at the two elementary schools on base.
Last month, the Follett Challenge – sponsored by Follett – announced Eielson was one of three semifinalists along with Quest Elementary School in Hilton, N.Y., and Broughal Middle School in Bethlehem, Pa. The other two schools each earn $30,000 in Follett products and services.
In seeking the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills to students, the Follett Challenge asks entrants to complete an online application and submit a video describing their program.The judges seek applications illustrating critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration.
For more information on the Follett Challenge, visit follettchallenge.com.
Source: Follett Learning, follettlearning.com