Vt high school students engage in hands-on learning

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Dozens of Vermont high school students delved deeper into their interests Sunday at a pop-up college in Plainfield.
 
“The Governor’s Institute is an opportunity for students to do intensive, hands-on, minds-on learning in a college setting,” said Shannon Walters, the program’s director.
 
On the former Goddard College campus, students spent the weekend honing skills in a subject they’re passionate about, from art to technology and environmental science.
 
“We’ve been working on our own projects,” said Luke Corey, a sophomore from Bennington. “Mine is a system that makes the Mario theme song.”
 
Luke is interested in pursuing engineering so he took part in the Microcontrollers program to learn about coding and wiring.
 
Elsewhere on campus, students learned about youth leadership. Students used logic and teamwork to protect raw eggs from a high fall.
 
“We talk about the roles, the goals, how we function as a team,” instructor Ken said. “They recognize it’s important to hear from all the people involved.”
 
Other programs included biological illustration, directing theater productions, and backpack journalism. Organizers say it gives students a chance to learn about things they wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to.
 
“We know that schools in Vermont and opportunities aren’t equal,” Walters said. “We’re trying to level that playing field by giving all of our students access to really high level tools.”
 
The Governor’s Institute offers more than 10 summer programs, as well. Staff say any student can attend, regardless of their financial situation.

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