CCA fosters STEM-related innovations

At CCA students aren’t bound by walls, classrooms or strict schedules, and that flexibility helps
drive an environment that fosters innovation, especially in STEM fields.
CCA is a top, accredited K-12 public cyber charter school that provides a personalized
education to all Pennsylvania students.
Coursework at CCA allows our learners to work at their own pace and pursue their interests
anytime from anywhere with a free laptop and internet subsidy from CCA.
CCA students learn not only through virtual lessons, workbook projects and conservatory
programs, but through a robust offering of programs and clubs that all touch some aspect of the STEM disciplines and foster innovation.
For instance, for eight consecutive years CCA students have won the state-level competition in
the Real World Design Challenge and competed nationally, finishing second twice. The
competition requires student teams to address real-world engineering challenges faced by the
nation’s leading industries. Last year, the team had to focus on designing and implementing
unmanned aerial vehicles to support precision agriculture in corn production to meet a projected
70 percent increase in demand by 2050.

A Drone Club debuts this school year as a direct result of intense student interest in a two-week
summer course on drone flying, regulations and careers.

Another new club this year is the Aquaponics Club, an outgrowth of CCA’s new
6,100-square-foot interactive, integrated agriculture lab. Called AgWorks and located at our
Capital Campus and Family Service Center in Harrisburg, the lab relies on fish to fertilize and
provide nutrients to plants, fruit and produce. CCA students will operate the living lab, gaining
hands-on experience in careers from agriculture and conservation to business and hospitality.
Other STEM-related clubs at CCA include groups for coding and computers, computer science,
and gaming and computers.

The clubs not only build upon skills learned in our virtual classrooms but spark students’
creativity to develop products and services that fill a need. As a CCA freshman, Alisher Aminov
did just that by creating a nonprofit called Yellow Brick Robotics. He uses Legos to teach
creative science, physics, robotics, coding and beginning game development to elementary
students.

It’s the combination of flexibility, a wide array of STEM-related, hands-on opportunities and a
focus on helping students identify and pursue their passions that makes sure students are
prepared for life after high school, whether that’s continued education, a job or military service.
CCA students are learning about tomorrow’s opportunities today.

Wherever you live in Pennsylvania and wherever your child’s interests lie, CCA can ignite the passion for success.

Learn more or enroll free today by visiting ccaeducate.me or
calling toll-free 844-590-2864.

February 2016 Innovations in Education

By Marianne Reid Anderson

In this, our annual Education issue, we at Northern Connection magazine are delighted to highlight some of the many diverse ways the dedicated educators in our area are making learning a fun and innovative experience. Past Innovations in the Classroom are still available on our website at www.northernconnectionmag.com and we will continue highlighting new innovations and programs in the coming months. [Read more…]

Innovations in the Classroom

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By Marianne Reid Anderson

In this, our annual Education issue, we at Northern Connection magazine are delighted to highlight some of the many diverse ways the dedicated educators in our area are making learning a fun and innovative experience. Past Innovations in the Classroom are still available on our website at www.northernconnectionmag.com and we will continue highlighting new innovations and programs in the coming months. [Read more…]

Innovations in the Classroom

By Marianne Reid Anderson

We, at Northern Connection magazine, continue to highlight the many diverse ways educators in our area are making learning a fun and innovative experience that will last a lifetime. Past Innovations in the Classroom are still available on our website at www.northernconnectionmag.com and we will continue highlighting new innovations and programs in the coming months. [Read more…]

Innovations in the Classroom

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Innovations in the Classroom

We, at Northern Connection magazine, are proud to highlight the many advancements in technologies, methodologies and character-building programs going on in our area’s classrooms. Past Innovations in the Classroom are still available on our website at www.northernconnectionmag.com and we will continue highlighting new innovations and programs in the coming months. [Read more…]