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Albemarle Co. Schools Host Conference on Project-Based Learning

Posted: Updated: Jul 31, 2015 04:26 PM
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) brought administrators, principals, and educators of all levels together for a two day event focused on new technologies to teach in the classroom.

The 2015 Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA) conference showcased the future of what it calls project-based learning.

Organizers say schools have come a long way from lessons in cooking, sewing and wood work. Now, it's all about making, creating, engineering and designing.

Educators at VTEEA were treated to a number of seminars in robotics, mechanical-electrical engineering, prototyping, and 3D printers.

"Anytime that we can make math and science and things that are taught traditionally as independent subjects, anytime we can integrate those things and put them together and give them a real-world meaning, I think it's a more efficient and effective way of learning," said ACPS Director of Instructional Programs Chad Ratliff.

This new approach to education will help better prepare students who hope to explore careers in technology and the sciences.

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