Unity Charter School Students Enter STEAM Competition and Earn Two First Place Awards

Over the weekend Unity Charter School students took part in a regional STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art & Math) competition and won two first place awards.  Their youngest team won second place award in their group, and one of the first place teams won the innovative/ingenuity award for their creative use of magnets.  The competition was organized by Destination Imagination (DI). At DI, they believe that when an educational experience is hands-on, collaborative and fun, students are empowered to take their learning to the next level and are excited to do so. DI provides unique educational experiences across seven project-based challenges.  These challenge types include: Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Service Learning, and Early Learning. DI states, “According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 65% of today’s students will be employed in jobs that have yet to be invented. Our Challenges allow students from pre-K through university to become part of a global community of confident creators and practice the essential skills needed to thrive in school, future careers and beyond.”

The mission of DI is to engage participants in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills. The mission aligns with the mission of Unity Charter School, which exemplifies educational excellence, infusing Education for Sustainability throughout their culture. At Unity, student agency drives critical thinking and inspires advocacy through a constructivist learning approach. It fosters global understanding and graduates students ready to change the world for the better.

The winning teams have been invited to Kansas City, MO to take part in a global competition with students from over 15 countries.  The event will be the largest celebration of creativity and ingenuity.  This is the second time Unity Charter School has participated and won a place at the Global Finals.  “This is an extraordinary opportunity for our students to develop critical thinking skills, while also learning teamwork, communication and collaboration.  These are 21st century skills they will carry with them the rest of their lives,” said Executive Director Connie Sanchez.

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