In August 2016, Rapid Growth Media featured an article on Mr. Jarrad Grandy, our Director of Career Readiness here at Kent ISD. The article discusses the career readiness team's focus on the impact of connecting students to business; the academic impacts of career exploration; and the life-long satisfaction of a career that is well planned. "We really try to tie a student's passion into employers' talent pipeline," he says. "Obviously, Grand Rapids has experienced a lot of growth and uptake in the last few years. There are so many opportunities here. It's a great place to live and work and we want to make sure kids are learning in schools, that the learning is done in a relevant way that meets our needs as educators, and in a way that makes sense to employers."
West MI Works recently featured an article on our partnership with local construction firms and the great classroom applications to the field of construction.
School News Network visited MFG Week 2016
Senator Gary Peters joined the Kent ISD Career Readiness team and students from Grand Rapids Public Schools - Innovation Central at Wolverine Coil and Spring to kick of MFG Week 2016 in Kent County.
The Michigan Business Network education arm spoke with one of our STEM Consultants about focal points and career activities emphasized at the Kent Intermediate School District. Career readiness, supported by a purposeful blend of education and industry partnerships, is key. What problems are you solving today? Learning opportunities filled with application and relevance produce great learners! Listen to the archived 3 minute interview
ADAC Automotive recently worked with the STEM consultants to produce a three minute video to expose kids to metrology careers.
School News Network visited Groundhog Shadow Day 2016
Learn about different applications of STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) through hands-on activities, discussions,and career exploration. Our Workshops are perfect for curious kids who want toknow how things work and why we study STEAM. This program will feature adifferent topic each month and is for kids in grades 6-8 (but younger and olderkids are welcome to stop by). Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available.
September 6, 2017
Why did ancient people make pictures out of the stars? Whogets to name a constellation? Learn all about the science and mythology behindconstellations, recreate famous ones, and even design your own from real starmaps.
October 4, 2017
Learn the principles of water power by assembling afunctioning robotic arm that moves using hydraulic power!
November 1, 2017
Kinetic Creatures are walking cardboard animals that youbuild from a kit! You'll learn about movement and engineering while you help usput together Rory, Geno, and Elly.
December 6, 2017
Electricity can happen anywhere! Design your own circuit onpaper and light up LEDs using copper tape and conductive ink.
January 3, 2018
If you had fun creating circuits on paper, then you'll lovethis workshop where we'll create our own fashionable circuitry. Kids areencouraged to bring old clothing for themselves but extra supplies will be available.
February 7, 2018
Use your engineering skills to create geometric bubble wandsand watch how the design affects the shapes of the bubbles.
March 7, 2018
In this workshop we will make a slime that reacts to astrong magnet. You can make it move and dance!
April 4, 2018
Get ready for Earth Day by using recycled light bulbs tocreate your own mini terrarium with moss and other tiny plants.
May 2, 2018
BristleBots are tiny simple robots that move with the powerof vibration. We can study how they move by creating obstacle courses, paintingwith them, and racing them.