Seventh grade students from the KEY Academy public charter school in southeast Washington DC recently hosted a healthy breakfast for their parents, community members, government officials and the White House Assistant chef. They were there to present what they learned in summer school about food and nutrition.
mimio, a creator of interactive teaching technology, partnered with the KEY Academy to equip and train the classes on how to produce and share interactive, multimedia-based presentations and lesson plans.
The KEY Academy is a public charter school that is part of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a network of free, open-enrollment college preparatory public schools in under-resourced communities throughout the United States.
In a three-week interdisciplinary summer school session, KEY Academy 7th graders focused on how to make informed nutritional choices and studied the importance of healthy eating. In social studies, students examined the role of food in the Americas while in science they focused on the digestive system. In English, students created works based on the book Chew on This and in math, they focused on energy and caloric intake. Teachers and students used mimio Interactive and Ink Capture systems and mimio Pads to produce tailored lessons and presentations in each subject area.
As part of their new partnership, mimio equipped several classrooms with a full complement of mimio Interactive products and provided hands-on training for the teachers. 3M also donated and installed SCP 712 short-throw projectors and Discovery Education streaming and Discovery Education Health services.