Tom Kirk (Tiger Trades Academy, La Junta) has been an innovative leader and visionary in learning for rural Colorado and beyond. He led students, teachers, and even a superintendent from La Junta and Manzanola to visit STEM School Highlands Ranch, Children’s Hospital, and Lockheed Martin on Nov. 14th, 2019.
** Scroll to the bottom of the story to see what this led to in March 2020.
The shared culture, learning, and student-driven goals inspired everyone.
We learned that we have much in common, especially a love for discovery, collaboration, innovation, and culture.
One goal is to see if we can work together in meaningful ways that promote global citizenship, kindness, and innovation.
After visiting STEM, the La Junta students and teachers had lunch at Children’s hospital (South) followed by a tour of Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin innovators Sue Linch and Darin Bolthouse were our hosts. They validated the the potential of everyone working together to prepare students for future careers and collaborations.
In addition to VR and the AMAZING work led by Darin Bolthouse, we also were able to see two GOES satellites
under construction and work being done on LUCY
**And now . . . the rest of the story.
On March 2, 2020 the same rural school in the story above was at the capital. (in shirts they designed)
They are also piloting virtual internships, collaborating with industry and higher education, and are at the center of changes that all communities should be inspired by..
This is nothing less than a miracle!
Below are student testimonials.
Tiger Trades Academy
La Junta, CO Schools
Who we are:
We are exploring game changing technology by looking through the Art/Design perspective. This is in collaboration with our industry partner, The 3D Printing Store. (Spencer & Damon)
What we are doing:
We are showing our visions/abilities and “fresh voices” . We are using traditional methods to “crossover” to the digital world.
(Andraya & Elliot)
In our simple shop/studio . We’re building our version of a “Skunkworks”
To gain STEAM (science, tech, engineering, ART and math) “experience” by working with industry experts. What we believe can be 21st Century authentic learning.