K-12 Education – Meet Sara
Sara is in the 7th grade and is growing up in a world with a high demand for workers with strong STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills, fiscal responsibility, and social interactions.
To compete for Sara’s attention against her other activities and interests, her teacher uses Future Goals – Hockey Scholar Program. Sara learns and applies twelve STEM concepts, like calculating average skating speed, determining passing angles, and measuring friction with real hockey superstars in pursuit of the Stanley Cup. She’s encouraged to experiment through play and hone her problem-solving skills with parallels to the scientific process.
Sara’s teacher uses FutureSmart to help influence her financial future while she is still forming the habits that will follow her into adulthood. In FutureSmart, Sara is the mayor of a small town, helping local citizens make real-life financial decisions that include financial values and goal settings, budgeting and opportunity costs, risk vs. return, and more. By immersing Sara in a safe, virtual world she can learn and make mistakes without impacting her financial future, while embedding critical skills that she will use later in life.
Like many schools around the country, Sara’s school had issues with bullying. So her teacher implemented Character Playbook – Building Healthy Relationships: a graphic novel-style set of six, 30-minute modules that focuses on effective communication, conflict resolution, and fine tuning healthy relationships between peers. Character Playbook creates a journey of self-exploration for students like Sara in a safe, nurturing environment that helps them build integrity and a positive disposition during this crucial time in their development.
By integrating games into her curriculum, Sara is educated in a way that is relevant, engaging, supportive, successful and fun. And she still has time for band practice.