Bob Jones Academy recently launched TechClub, an after-school technology club for students in grades 1–6. Students were selected following an application process and meet monthly to learn about current technology tools and equipment— including green screening, robotics, 3D printing and coding. During their introductory meeting in December, students explored stop-motion animation. Each month students learn together and then explore and create together, completing a project before the conclusion of the meeting. But the learning does not stop there—students continue to develop their understanding and skills by completing challenge activities throughout the month and earning merit badges based on their achievements. “Technology is no longer a novelty; it is an essential element of everyday life,” says Jenny Klipp, elementary assistant principal and director of TechClub, “and we are excited to provide an opportunity for students to explore these tools and identify their interests in a safe, innovative environment.”
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