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Congressman Hurt Visits Baker-Butler Elementary School

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Robert Hurt at Baker-Butler Elementary School Robert Hurt at Baker-Butler Elementary School
Congressman Robert Hurt stopped at an Albemarle County Elementary School Friday morning to check out a special, innovative classroom. The fifth district representative got a look at the "STEAM" room at Baker-Butler Elementary.

Students worked on creative projects that focus on five different disciplines. The space is dedicated to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.

More than 40 second-grade students worked in the "STEAM" room to build a model amusement park. The kids were broken up into groups and assigned with different roles.

Organizers used the project as a creative way to teach the students about fractions.

Congressman Hurt says the initiative is a great way to give kids important skills that will eventually help them in the global marketplace.

“I think what you see at the local level is so very important especially in education because it's people here at this level - who folks are on the ground, they're the ones with the children and they are able to innovate in ways that I think is kind of hard to from some marble building in Washington, D.C.,” said Hurt.

Hurt says it is important to always be pushing the leading edge in terms of innovation.

The classroom represents a new instructional model that is gaining more support within Albemarle schools. The idea is to move away from just having a teacher standing in front of the classroom and talking.
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