School Spotlight: SEA Earns Prestigious Honor
The School of Engineering and Arts in Golden Valley, or SEA school as it’s known, has a mascot that’s at least 80 years old. The school’s beloved tortoise is used to enrich science experiments.
School officials at SEA say science is the perfect subject to keep kids engaged. Just ask Carrie Ehn, Minnesota’s 2018 Elementary School Science Teacher of the Year.
“It’s a great way to get kids doing reading, writing, researching, hands on and making world come to life,” Ehn.
And teach an even bigger life lesson.
“They can make mistakes,” said Ehn. “Sometimes if you use the scientific method, what you think can happen, doesn’t happen and kids get very nervous about that.”
SEA Receives Prestigious Honor
There’s plenty of excitement these days at the magnet school in the Robbinsdale School District. The SEA school is still buzzing after the U.S. Department of Education named it a Blue Ribbon School for its work bridging the achievement gap
“It’s like we won the gold medal at the Olympics,” said SEA principal Heather Hanson. “It’s pretty exciting.”
Principal Hanson says the award recognizes what they do everyday.
“Learning is happening all around us, indoors and outdoors,” Hanson said.
The school isn’t afraid to push students outside to learn. When we visited, students got to study chickens.
“Learning the whole scientific process and doing it hands on out here is amazing,” said SEA teacher Jody Durand. “We love being out here.”
Some of the school staff will be traveling to Washington, D.C., in November to accept the Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Secretary of Education.