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The Sanibel School offers two new elective classes

By Staff | Sep 12, 2017

Dr. Terrie Kielborn. ASHLEY GOODMAN

Beginning this school year, The Sanibel School added a business leadership class and a STEM class for its middle school students.

Rebecca Owens, who teaches the business leadership class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays said it prepares students for the real world.

“Self exploration is how I start the class, so they find out what their strengths and skills are. Then, we move into career exploration so they can understand who they are and match careers and opportunities and jobs that might be of similar interest. A lot of eighth graders already know what they want to do,” Owens said.

The class also touches on personal finance and budgeting.

“We do projects with that to help them explore what it’s like in real life,” she said.

Rebecca Owens PHOTO PROVIDED

Owens also discusses businesses in general, companies, CEO’s and marketing. On Fridays, Owens teaches the students coding.

“A lot of students were interested in coding and learning computer science skills. My focus is to teach them a little bit about programming and just expose to them to that because it will be so crucial in our future,” Owens said.

Down the road, Owens is hoping to implement technology classes for the younger students.

The second class STEM, (science, technology, engineering and math) is taught by Dr. Terrie Kielborn. The class is shaped around project-based learning and working together. Like the business leadership class, STEM offers coding for students but it’s a little more in-depth – students are able to complete a full course.

“The 30-hour course gets them a certificate once they’re done,” Dr. Kielborn said.

Dr. Kielborn plans on implementing field trips, guest speakers and even possibly a robotics team this year. During the class which she teaches on Tuesdays and Thursdays, students complete worksheets, read and do different projects.

“You can see the look in their faces when they put something together and it’s working,” Dr. Kielborn said.

Later this year, she’s hoping to have her students enter a solar car design contest.