Creative Collaboration benefits students at two East Side institutions

Metro State University student Nathan Fell gave a science demonstration to Battle Creek Middle School students as part of Battle Creek’s effort to encourage college awareness and interest. Participating students include front to back, Kong Xiong,†Emily Xiong,†Mariah Givens,†Mao Yang,†and Hamdi Isse. Sitting in the chair is Joemian Alexis. (photo courtesy of Joe Nathan)

Things have changed dramatically from ten years ago, when most students didn’t start thinking seriously about college until they were high school juniors and seniors. Now many middle schools, such as Battle Creek Middle, are strongly encouraging student to not only think about, but also visit colleges and universities.

Locally,  Metro State University and Battle Creek have teamed up to bring students to Metro State’s campus. Kim Rinehart, one of Battle Creek’s counselors, explained, “the idea of this visit isn’t just to look at buildings and classrooms.  We want students to see exciting things that they can study on a college campus.”

In the accompanying picture, Metro State student Nathan Fell, who is preparing to be a teacher, can be seen doing a science demonstration with Battle Creek Middle School students on a recent visit. Fell is finding out what happens when he discusses insects with students, and the students are learning that studying bugs and biology isn’t just reading about them in a textbook.

This kind of creative collaboration is “Win-win.”  Good for the college student, good for the middle school students.  Students are expanding their understanding of what’s doable and desirable.

Submitted by Joe Nathan, Director, Center for School Change.


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