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Local Remake Learning Days programs stimulate students' STEAM interests

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Zeb Nottingham, a West Virginia University Extension Service program assistant, addresses the kids at the council ring at Camp Virgil Tate during Remake Learning’s Outdoor Classroom on May 24.

Educators are beginning to rethink how kids learn.

Studies suggest that children’s brains are developing differently due to rapid technological and social change. As a result, some innovative programs are working outside the conventional classroom to enhance a child’s creativity and problem-solving skills – in short, to make learning more relevant.

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Lisa Sparks, right, the executive director of technology for Kanawha County Schools, sits with her daughter, Olivia, both of South Charleston, during the Remake Learning Day event May 19 at the Edison Staff Development Center in South Charleston. They are observing “Ozobo the Explorer,” a small robot that follows lines drawn on a sheet of paper.

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James Overbaugh, right, a robotics instructor at Ben Franklin Career Center, works with Audri Lovejoy, a fourth-grade student from Cross Lanes, during a Remake Learning Days event on May 19.

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Noah Mullins of Elkview and Kim Lawrence of Nitro work with the Lego Education WeDo 2.0, a set that helps students hone science skills and piques their curiosity in the process.

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Zach Matty of Nitro controls a Sharper Image Robot Arm during the Remake Learning Day event in South Charleston.

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Sibbie Redmond of South Hills draws with the Osmo Masterpiece App at the Edison Staff Development Center in South Charleston.

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Elias Cardenas of Cross Lanes works with a Piper Raspberry Pi Computer Kit, which teaches children how to build, wire and code computers.

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Jordan Whitehead of Charleston’s West Side works on one of the many projects at the Remake Learning Day event in South Charleston.

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Hurricane Middle School students collect creek water for analysis during a Remake Learning Days project on May 24 at Kanawha State Forest. Courtesy photo

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Master Gardeners (from left) Donna Walker, Susan Johnson and Lynn Brookshire prepare to teach a session on growing basil at Camp Virgil Tate’s “Outdoor Classroom” on May 24.

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