Getting Kids Excited About Education

Kids learning

If you had been at Forsyth Tech on Wednesday, April 30th, you would have seen an unusual sight – seventy 5th grade students getting their first taste of college life. The students were there to tour 11 different program areas, and hopefully begin thinking about their own future careers and getting excited about education.

The students came from Forest Park Elementary school, a so-called Title 1 school, meaning many of the students come from low-income households. Once listed as among the lowest-achieving schools in the state, today Forest Park Elementary is focused on Technology, Science and Writing, and is the first Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school to provide either an iPad or laptop computer for every student.

The trip was a joint effort, arranged by Forest Park 5th grade teacher Rachel Bishop and her husband Todd Bishop, program coordinator for Forsyth Tech’s Mechanical Engineering Technology/Drafting and Design program. Rachel works with the kids every day, so she knows it’s important to get them focused and motivated in order to stay on course for future success. By exposing them to the type of education they can get at Forsyth Tech – right in their own backyard – she wanted to show them that their goals are realistic and achievable.

The students toured the biotechnology labs, interior design classes, machine shops, greenhouses, and live radio broadcast studios. But nothing excited them more than the Digital Effects and Animation Technology classrooms, where they saw figurines, storyboards, and even a completed ninety-second animated short. One student confidently proclaimed that someday he would be at Forsyth Tech getting his Digital Effects and Animation degree, and making that his career. And since that is exactly the kind of enthusiasm Rachel and Todd hoped to inspire, we can say mission accomplished!