Updated: Oct 30, 2019
On October 29, 2019, delegates from the Zhejiang Department of Education visited Delran High School in Burlington County as part of a sister school program between Kean University, Wenzhou-Kean University, and the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Education.
Delran District’s STEM co-coordinators and co-leads of the Delran STEM Ecosystem Alliance, Erica DeMichele and Mary Jo Hutchinson, welcomed the delegation to their school and introduced them to their Innovation & Fabrication Lab, allowing them to explore the makers space and engage in hands-on projects. Delran’s Fabrication Lab provides STEM-rich experiences for Delran students, kindergarten through high school, and includes some of the most state-of-the-art digital fabrication learning tools available.
“The enthusiasm of the Chinese delegates made us realize just how lucky we are to have creative and capable students who will lead our world in global innovation in the 21st century,” said Erica DeMichele.
“The lessons in the story The Dot translate across languages and cultures. You don't need to be an expert to get started, you just need to make that first mark. Learners become educators and educators become learners, and we got to see that with our STEM Ambassadors teaching our visitors today,” said Mary Jo Hutchinson.
Student STEM Ambassador Chris Pappas shared his thoughts on today's experience. "It was really neat to intertwine the cultures, and to get to know people who traveled from another country. They had smiles on their faces the whole time. As an Ambassador, I have the privilege of learning the technology and having access to all of these devices. I get to give back to the community and even those beyond the community, coming from overseas. I learned how to be a better teacher and mentor to people who will be coming into the lab."
At the end of the visit, the Delran and Zhejiang participants exchanged gifts as a sign of friendship and appreciation for the learning experience. All of the gifts were created and designed by the students from America and China.