December 2013 -- Concord High School
The students in Concord's Engineering Design Lab have been participating in the Ability One Design Challenge since September. The challenge is a national competition among high school and college students to design assistive technologies that make people with disabilities more productive in their workplace environment.
The students took a field trip to Service Source, a non profit organization in the city of Wilmington that employs people with disabilities. Service Source teaches their employees the technical skills as well as social skills needed to work in a real job outside of Service Source.
After visiting the facility the students identified 4 jobs that needed assitive technologies that would make the employees safer, healthier, and more productive. The students split into 4 groups, each group focusing on 1 job and each group designed a prototype that we took back to Service Source for the employees to test.
Time studies were taken by each group to see how much more productive, if any, each employee was now that they were using the new assistive technology device designed for them. In all four groups the employees showed gains in productivity when using the devices.
Congratulations to the students in the Engineering Design Lab and the teachers at Concord High who support them on this awesome achievement!
Runner Up: Central Middle School
Central Middle School has been helping out the community for the past 4 years with their Senator in Action group run by Al Roach and Joan Engel. They have helped with Hurricane Sandy, raised money for Special Olympics Delaware, provided food to local homeless shelters, provided Thanksgiving meals to homeless in Dover, DE, and donated blankets to keep newborns warm and to senior homes to use as lap blankets.
Their work was recognized this year as part of the National Youth Services Challenge initiative.
While making all of these contributions to the community, Central Middle School also achieved the 2013 State Education Goals in performance, attendance, and participation!
Runner Up: Room 8/Mrs. Mims' class at Pleasantville Elementary
To start off American Education week, Governor Markell visited their classroom. He joined as they Mystery Skyped with a class in Arizona and exchanged clues with the other class until they guessed each other's location. Governor Markell spoke to the class in Arizona and gave a proclamation about American Education Week!
Runner Up: Providence Creek Academy
Worked hard to improve the community for everyone!