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Students at St. Stephen Catholic School participate in IMMERSE program

Students at St. Stephen Catholic School in East Grand Rapids will be taking their learning outside of the classroom this week. 45 students will be spending the week at the Grand Rapids Public Museum where they will learn lessons hands-on through the IMMERSE program.
The Public Museum explains the opportunity this way, "IMMERSE brings classes to the GRPM for a full week so students can use the museum as their classroom and take their love of learning to a new level. The museum’s IMMERSE Program provides a completely immersive, weeklong learning experience for schools from the West Michigan region. The program is intended to help students jump start their development as problem solvers, communicators, collaborators and innovators."
Last June, 8th grade teacher Amanda Makarewicz found out her idea for a lesson at the museum had been accepted. She picked the theme “The Past is Present” with a focus on Catholic social teachings. The curriculum is planned and developed by the middle school staff at St. Stephen so they can include faith in their lessons.
“The educational experience will be one the students will not forget, being able to have models (exhibits and artifacts) for students to be immersed in while learning about the different exhibits will help the information take root and grow,” said Makarewicz. “This is also beneficial because although guided by the teachers, the students have several opportunities to explore areas they are most interested in.”
St. Stephen Catholic School is one of two schools participating in the IMMERSE program this week. Overall, students from 23 schools will be participating in this year’s program.

Photo credits: St. Stephen Catholic School