COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Students in the health occupation class at South Columbus High School spent the day Wednesday on a Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance mobile simulation lab.
The lab is one of several hands-on opportunities the school has experienced since following the STEM program.
Students believe they have an advantage over other high schoolers who are learning just by text books. They say using technology and actually doing the work has enhanced their learning.
According to the principal, Jesse E. Beck II, grades dropped when the program initially started but have since gone back up. He says coming to the school an hour earlier make students more alert.
Beck said teachers had to reassess their lessons plans with having an hour less of class each day, but things are going well.
South Columbus High School is one of nearly 20 school systems taking part in the STEM program.