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PTECH Students Intersect a Comet!
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Twenty nine students in the PTECH program intercepted a comet when they visited the MiSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, in Schenectady this week.
They went to the Challenger Center which transports students to a cutting edge Mission Control room and a high-tech Space Station. Whether their mission is flying to the Moon, intercepting a comet, visiting Mars, or studying the Earth from the International Space Station, students see classroom lessons brought to life in the engaging, dynamic, simulated learning environment.
Surrounded by technology, each student plays a unique role in the mission as the team completes assignments, manipulates hands-on labs, and copes with simulated emergencies. Teamwork is crucial, if one member fails to complete a job, the entire mission can be put at risk. This differentiated approach allows for a truly personalized learning experience where students apply critical, scientific knowledge to real-world scenarios.
PTECH stands for Pathways to Technology. Students in the Hudson Falls, Queensbury, Saratoga Springs, South Glens Falls, Hadley-Luzerne, and Corinth School Districts are eligible to participate in the Southern Adirondack PTECH program. The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES and SUNY Adirondack have collaborated to create this unique high school experience for students, beginning in 9th grade. This program offers two pathways: Electrical Technology/Advanced Manufacturing and Information Technology/Computer Networking.
Field trips and weekend activities are a regular feature of the program to expose students to new and unlearning experiences.