Junior at Albemarle High Chosen for Summit at White House
A student at Albemarle High School is working to reinvent her high school experience, and her ideas are reaching as far as the White House.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A student at Albemarle High School is working to reinvent her high school experience, and her ideas are reaching as far as the White House.
Ayoade Balogun was one of only a handful of students from around the country chosen to speak at the White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools.
Balogun is an advocate of project based learning, and she says she got her start through Albemarle High School’s MESA program (Math Engineering and Science Academy).
The junior in high school started the MESA Bridge Camp which introduces middle schoolers to physics and math concepts and then culminates in the building of a pedestrian bridge along the Rivanna Trail.
Balogun was asked to share that experience with students, educators, and entrepreneurs in Washington DC.
"Whereas with project based learning you really get a chance to take something and make it own and be graded on really how much passion you put forth and how much care and effort you put in to your project," said Balogun.
Balogun's teacher says she is committed to taking what she learns inside the classroom and sharing it with the outside world.
"It's exciting when one of your kids can go beyond the classroom, go beyond the community, and go out to something as prestigious as the White House," said Bill Daly, Ayoade's teacher.
Her passion for project based learning will guide her as she begins the college application process Balogun said.