New curriculum standards include engineering goals for every grade level from K-12. RCLS has responded to this increased standard by offering integrated engineering opportunities, most recently through a Rube Goldberg enrichment unit. Engineering tasks and units of study foster knowledge creation, creativity, confidence, critical thinking, and collaboration. These are certainly valuable skills for future engineers, but they are also valuable skills for life.
RCLS prioritizes technology because this perspective and the skills that accompany it position students to be creators, to continue to learn, and to excel in both academic and professional contexts, where they can impact the world through excellence. Ultimately, the value of RCLS’s technology program is that it prepares students to create and communicate in the “real” world.
One of the things RCLS does best is to shape students who are both confident and well-adjusted. The Preschool-Grade 8 model is a framework that facilitates this.