Have you ever moderated tense peace negotiations—or had to discover the cause of an epidemic? Have you helped create a new government or used science to stop a natural disaster? This is exactly what our students at Shaler Area Elementary get to do!
This week Mike Penn attended the Ohio Educational Technology Conference to share how his simulator classroom, the IKS Titan, uses death, destruction, and mayhem to prepare his students for success.
By the time Mike’s presentation kicked off there was standing room only. Every seat in the room was filled with enthusiastic educators from all across Ohio eager to bring hands-on immersive education to their students.
Mike described how when the hatch door closes, the simulation suddenly becomes real. The students are no longer fifth graders—but heroes, leaders, scientists, and engineers. They take ownership over their roles and they kick their brains into full gear. Students have risen to the challenge, found their inner leadership skills, and worked together as a team to save the day.
“What a great way to get kids involved!” commented one inspired teacher.
It was a joy to meet with everyone at OETC, and we hope our story gives rise to all new epic adventures for their students!