Teams of middle school students at Western Academy Charter School (WACS) got to ride and race Infento bikes they designed and built themselves as part of a brand-new ‘maker’ education program developed by Green Mouse Academy.
Infento, (both the name of the company and the maker kits) has produced a concept similar to LEGO®, but life-size. The name Infento comes from two Latin words meaning ‘infinite’ and ‘to make’. This combination is exactly what Infento is all about – to infinitely make and invent.
Partnering with Infento, Green Mouse Academy has developed and launched a brand new S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) enrichment education experience which they are piloting with schools and afterschool groups throughout Palm Beach County. Over an eight-week period, students form teams and then work together to come up with a bike design they then build using modular parts from the Infento kit. Students then get to test the ride they’ve created on a track of their own design.
“We are tremendously excited to be piloting this program with Western Academy Charter School,” said Shane Vander Kooi, President and Founder of Green Mouse Academy. In order to develop a talented and educated 21st century workforce, we need to do more to inspire and engage kids early by giving them more opportunities to explore, invent and create in both formal and informal education settings.”
“Being the first students in the United States to pilot this bike design program is a great opportunity for our aftercare students, says Principal Linda Terranova. The STEM theme fits right along with our middle school STEAM Academy and makes for a great tie in to our school day program.”
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