Fame Nissi-Brown, center, one of the students from Ghana, works on a project with students from the Global Impact STEM Academy Thursday during their visit. Jeff Guerini/Staff
Photo: Jeff Guerini
Photo: Jeff Guerini

Teams from Ghana, Australia learn from STEM school in Springfield

The Global Impact STEM Academy hosted a couple of international groups Thursday to show them how the school is evolving education.

A delegation from Ghana and Australia were in the building Thursday. Three students, a YMCA and a 4-H leader all from Ghana were focused on how the school teaches its agriculture program. Meanwhile, schools leaders from Australia took a tour to see the cutting-edge methods GISA use to teach STEM.

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“Coming to Springfield is part of an entire agenda we have here in the United States to observe best practices involving young people in agriculture,” YMCA leader Reginalt Crabbe said. “Everything we learn here we can take back home.”

Crabbe and Ghana 4-H Director Kwaku Boateng learned about the Global Impact school through the Ohio State 4-H. They hope to connect with the school so Springfield students can help Ghana youth in the future.

“One good thing would be securing collaboration work,” he said. “How they can share with them to get a better world at the end.”

Boateng said the more everyone works together, the more progress will be made.

“Science has a lot of meaning to our lives and many young people try to stay away from science,” he said. “What I see is trying to connect young people to science.”

The people from Ghana visited teacher Rachel Sanders’ classroom Thursday and worked with the students there. The students from Ghana got a hands-on lesson while the Springfield students mentored them.

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“At Global Impact we are trying to show students not only locally what is going on through science but also globally,” she said.

Also at GISA Thursday was John Weeks, the headmaster at the Knox Grammar School in Sydney, Australia. He said he has learned a lot from his trip to Springfield, including the new to have a more flexible learning environment.

“It’s all coming together, it’s having that flexibility,” he said. “We don’t have that flexibility so we need to look at that.”

Schools focused on science, technology, engineering and math are new in Australia, Weeks said, and the tour of the building gave him a better understanding of how the courses can be used in even English and art classes.

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