School Has Students Thinking Outside The Box

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Omaha's King Science and Technology Magnet Center held its open house Tuesday night and what's going on there opened a lot of eyes.

Did you grow spinach inside your middle school classroom? How about tilapia? For most of us, the thought of growing these in school, let alone growing them altogether likely seems out of reach, but that's what's happening at King Science and Technology Magnet Center on a daily basis. It all ties in to the school's focus on science, technology and even service learning.

“Our kids are able to grow plants, vegetables with no soil at all and then they, as part of the service learning, they'll take it down to the homeless shelters to give back to the community,” says principal Steve Eubanks.

The aquaponics program is just one of the options. It gives you a taste of just how involved kids can be and the kinds of things they can be exploring as early as 11, 12 years old.

Other students are being left in the dark, staring up at the starry sky, walking through interactive videos with a teacher who's got a real knack for bringing outer space up close and personal.

“In the planetarium we learn a lot about the solar system with the stars, planets, the sun, everything you really need to know if you wanted to be anything that had anything to do with the solar system,” says eighth-grader Sarah Pistello, who has to travel about a half-hour to school every day, but says it's worth it.

She chose King Magnet Center because she was excited about the science, technology and service emphasis she could get early on.

Pistello says it's important for parents and students to take advantage of these open house opportunities. Even if you have a good grasp on what school you want to attend, make sure to check out their programs and which are best for each child.


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