*Due to a weird server glitch, we’re revising a previous article about Springhouse Community School
In you’ve Googled Springhouse you would notice that they’re located in Floyd, Virginia. Which is a little bit of ways away from Florida. However, whenever FSEC takes the time to introduce us to a new school we listen. The one thing we really enjoy about Springhouse is their attention to detail and curiosity. So here’s a chance to learn more about Springhouse and their unique environment.
Springhouse Community School is a project-based school, serving students in grades 7-12 located in rural Appalachia. This part of southwest Virginia has a rich cultural history of independent and innovative people living closely in connection with the land. Through hands-on, place-based learning experiences, students develop stronger ties to their community, an appreciation for the natural world, and a heightened commitment to serving the world around them.
The H2AC competition is a perfect fit for our type of school and students. It is such a dynamic, engaging and fun STEM learning opportunity for our students that we are building a project-based class specifically around it. We have recruited an engineer to lead the class and several grad students to mentor the students in building the model RC car. Our students and the project mentors will benefit from directly applying conceptual knowledge about Hydrogen fuel cells in this project. Our students will present their learning in a community forum at the end of the semester to expose the entire student body to this field of inquiry. Our longer-term goal is to host a future H2AC competition here in SW Virginia in collaboration with local university Engineering Departments to enable more high school students in rural Appalachia to participate in this innovative and creative STEM learning project.