Check out this great video to see some of what the CHSF has accomplished so far in 2018.
ACT Pareto Analysis Ed evaluates ACT practice tests and provides each student with a personalized road map with specific instructions and resources to help the student increase his or her composite score. Pareto data indicates that most students can increase their ACT composite score by 3 points. The school will continue to implement an intervention program for students who take the practice tests and all students will receive personalized feedback that can be used to improve their scores. Help from the Foundation will broaden availability of this proven frame work used to help students achieve super scores.
Help from the Foundation will allow Central to purchase a 3D-printer and create a “Maker Space”. A 3D printer would allow our students to imagine, design, create and prepare for the future. Our students could then move from being consumers of technology to being creators and designers of technology. Also, while working on design projects, our students would have numerous opportunities to develop their soft skills. We want the talented staff at Central to have access to technology which will improve the quality of learning.
As shown in the video above, the Foundation is providing critical support for the first STEAM Camp based in a north Knoxville high school and It will be the second high school summer STEAM Camp in Knox County. The inaugural camp was held in June and was an effective follow-up to Shannondale’s STEM Camp. It was a week-long camp for rising 4th-7th graders where campers will had the opportunity to explore, science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics in a fun hands-on environment. Learning activities included lessons in biology, chemistry, and physics, rocket building, multi-story egg drops, fun with iPads, iPods, computers, and calculators. Campers learned tech ethics, coding, and math through art as well as music, games, and manipulatives. They got to see the connection between art and science, make stuff, break stuff, and take stuff apart. They learned about robots, experience the engineering design process first-hand, and tried their hand at theater and music. Campers made their own snacks (food engineering) and tried their hand at dissection, forensics, and anatomy. The camp was be staffed by high school, middle school, and elementary school teachers. High school students served as teaching assistants and camp counselors. The week ignited the spark of learning in campers eyes and it is a project which the Foundation hopes to continue in future years!
Coming for the 2018-19 school year, the Central High School foundation is introducing the "Bobcat - Above & Beyond Award." The initial plan is to have three of these each school year, as voted by the Central High School staff. Each winner will receive a $1000 prize for their own personal use. Our educators work so hard - we just wanted to find a way to recognize those who go above and beyond.