Find out why the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA) might be a model for a new kind of public education, via project-based learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM).
- The Engineering Academy is very different compared to other classes in your normal high school. You have to continue to keep learning towards one final project. - You're programming something that you actually had the idea for. You're machining something for your own project. - Student are able to do things that people would never believe were possible in a high-school setting. - The basketballs go up through the elevator, and then into our hooded shooter. The hood actuates, so that it can be shot from different angles into the hoop. - In the early days, it was very small, a couple of classrooms with many obstacles along the way.
- The Engineering Academy really gave me the opportunity to cement my passion for science and engineering. You really have to be ready to rethink your design, and constantly improve upon it. - The kids did not realize they were actually at school anymore. We were actually working beyond the bells. They were really motivated. In this case, I want to make this thing good.
When you're done watching the documentary, make sure to check out the bonus conversations in the Interviews chapter.