Gateway Students Show Off Their Passion Projects

Gateway Students Show Off Their Passion Projects
Posted on 05/18/2018
GWA Project Showcase

Next Wednesday, May 23, is Gateway Academy’s informational meeting and final project fair of the year, showcasing the students’ personal passion projects. For the past two months, students have been researching topics and creating presentations to creatively educate the public.


Beginning at 5 p.m., Gateway Learning Advisors Linda Ihlan and Tim Schlatter will be giving an informational presentation to help explain Gateway Academy’s goals for students and what a student’s experience is like. Gateway promotes personalized learning for students in grades 5-8 who collaborate with peers and teachers to create a personalized learning path that highlights their interests. Students complete projects, portfolios, and reflections to showcase their progress.


After the meeting, students will be participating in “a culminating event that gives them a real world audience,” says Schlatter. Each student, either working alone or in a pair, has created a project based on their interests to share with students, their parents, and the world. Topics like remote control robots, region specific wildlife, and particle acceleration are just the tip of the iceberg.


In March, students began their projects by brainstorming a guiding question to inspire them to dig deep into the topic of their choice. After that, students came up with more specific questions regarding the topic. Their learning advisors also pushed them to think, and reach, outside the box. “We try to get them to find some real world professionals in that area to see if they can help them out,” explained Schlatter. One group, who is creating a stop motion animation based on the television cartoon Jimmy Neutron, reached out to the voice of the character who agreed to record herself performing the script they had written. Now the students’ project has become even more unique.


Using the four Cs of Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Creativity, students who are in pairs are learning how to work together on a large project to share their learning with a broad audience.


While students are encouraged to learn, they are also encouraged to make a difference. All projects are educational to the viewer, but they are challenged with the question “how can you impact others with your project?” One student’s project during the winter trimester created a food drive to help the community food shelf.


To learn more about Gateway Academy, visit the informational meeting at Riverview Elementary at 5 p.m. on May 23rd. Gateway students will begin presenting their projects at 5:45 p.m. Be sure to check out all of these students’ hard work!

Article by Ryan Huling, Student Reporter
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