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Hampton hosting Remake Learning Days

| Monday, May 14, 2018, 9:00 p.m.

Students and educators will show how to “Innovate the Future at Hampton Hub,” as the school district takes part in the regional Remake Learning Days on May 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Hampton Middle School.

Remake Learning Days is an event that provides for “hands-on, technologically infused, engaging and relevant learning experience in neighborhoods throughout southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia,” according to the Remake Learning website.

This is the second year that HTSD has been part of the Remake Learning Days, according to Dr. Ed McKaveney, director of technology for Hampton school district.

Though a bit smaller than what Hampton offered last year, its part in the Remake Learning Days will still feature a lot to do and learn, he said.

“It's going to be a unique blend of things that are innovative,” he said.

The overall goal of innovation at Hampton is to prepare students for what the world is going to be like in the future, especially in terms of robotics and artificial intelligence. This event is meant to highlight these ideas, said McKaveney.

Remake Learning Days at HTSD this year include demonstrations of coding and robotics, hands-on exhibits, 3D printing, and other technological tools students use on a regular basis in their day.

Visitors can also visit the middle school's new STEAM Collaboration Center, which was majorly funded by Hampton Alliance for Educational Excellence grants.

McKaveney said while it's taking place at the middle school, they'll also have blend of programs from all the schools there including elementary and high school.

Carnegie robotics will be on-hand field testing their driverless floor scrubber. McKaveney, who is an HTSD 1991 alumnus, said the Carnegie team uses their center to work on and share their projects.

The music and art component will include actual performances from the school “unique in terms of what people may normally experience,” said McKaveney. Visitors can learn about some student-produced plays and they'll also get to listen to a drum circle.

Also, they can find more about Hampton Creates, a project initiated this past year where students created, produced and sold items to benefit the local needy, he said.

McKaveney said this is a great opportunity for parents who don't really get to see what their child is working on throughout the year, so it acts like an open house as well.

In addition to HAEE, other school partners will be present, including Common Sense Media, he said.

The event shows how far the district is taking education and spreading the word about it, too.

“When schools like Hampton participate in Remake Learning Days they are not only advocating for the future of learning, they're actively investing in students' futures.” said Sunanna Chand, director of Remake Learning.

And visitors will also get to enjoy ice cream from Brusters, he added.

Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.

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