Monday, November 10, 2014

Singapore delegation begins AAPS visit with music, River Rats and a STEAM project

Jenna Bacolor, Executive Director, Rec & Ed

It's been four months since a delegation of teachers and administrators traveled from Ann Arbor to Singapore. Seeing the familiar faces of our Singapore colleagues walk off the bus at Huron High School this morning, however, made it seem like just yesterday. (BTW - I blogged about my experiences traveling on the Toyota-funded study trip this summer.) 

For the next ten days, it's our Singaporean colleagues' turn to visit us. They arrived at Huron High School to the sounds of the symphony band and a warm welcome from students, Huron and district administrators and the River Rat mascot. Representatives from Toyota and the Institute for International Education are part of the AAPS visit as well.

The Huron symphony band's "Fanfare for the Common Man"
sounded terrific under the arch.

Many of our Singapore colleagues wanted to
take a photo with the River Rat.

Huron students led tours to the marketing class and student-run
store, among other classes.
Later in the afternoon, the Ann Arbor STEAM PLC (professional learning community) met with the Singapore delegation to share and learn together. Tom Pachera of Skyline and Bill Van Loo of Northside STEAM facilitated an engineering lesson for us to work on in small groups. As our internationally mixed groups of educators worked together, the room went from a somewhat awkward silence to animated conversation and laughter. 


Science teacher Christia West,  Rec & Ed youth enrichment
supervisor Ivy Juan, and Community High School Dean Marci Tuzinski
react to our vehicle's...uh...performance.

The team made changes to the prototype. While we
didn't get it to work in the time allotted, we had
a lot of fun trying. 

The Singapore delegation will be visiting several Ann Arbor schools this week and next. I'm excited to welcome them to a STEAM-related Rec & Ed after school class on Thursday. Look for more pictures from that visit later in the week! 


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