Photo 1Ribbon Cutting January 14, 2016 4pm-6pm

Oakland FlexTech Academy is proud to announce the launch of its state-of-the-art makerspace.  Community members of all ages are invited to tour the space, experiment with the new tools and technology, participate in hands on activities, and enjoy light refreshments.  Please join us on January 14th, 2016 from 4-6pm for a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of   our new makerspace.

Oakland FlexTech Academy instills in their students a love of learning by making school a place to explore real problems in an environment that emphasizes creativity and craftsmanship.  In line with our belief that students learn best by doing we are launching a state-of-the-art makerspace.

Makerspaces are community studio spaces where people gather together to build, 3D Printingshare resources, experiment with new tools and technologies, tinker, and create. Makers inhabit a spirit of innovation and problem solving.  Our student-makers will tackle challenging tasks, work together in teams, and prototype new ideas using cutting edge technology like laser engravers, 3D printers, vinyl cutters, and design software.  Sarah Pazur, the school’s principal, shares what impact the makerspace has had on her students: “The addition of the makerspace has activated in our students a sense of agency and ownership over their school work and projects.  They are inspired by the technology to create things to make our school a better place, all while learning important 21st century skills like creativity and collaborative problem solving.”

Oakland FlexTech students have developed physical prototypes of their ideal high school, used CAD to create a custom aquarium stand, engraved original pieces of artwork to accompany a piece of short fiction, and 3D printed a model organism for a Biology project.  “As a project-based learning school we are always looking for new and innovative ways for our students to add variety to our projects. The creation of the makerspace has given us the opportunity to explore more projects that involve skills used in designing, building, and engineering,” says Chris Quiamboa, Oakland FlexTech’s Science teacher, and maker-educator.

These unique learning experiences help students synthesize content across disciplines into visible artifacts that demonstrate what they’ve learned.  Through these projects, students have refined their research and critical thinking skills, and learned how to present their ideas to public audiences.

Students at Oakland FlexTech will graduate equipped with a maker-mindset—the ability to approach complex problems with confidence, creativity, and resilience. With this mindset, our students are poised to succeed in both college and career.  Oakland FlexTech Academy is a tuition free public charter school; we are currently enrolling for the Spring 2016 semester, visit the OFTA website for more information about our unique project based curriculum.

About Oakland FlexTech Academy:

Oakland FlexTech Academy is a tuition free public charter school whose mission is to prepare each student for success in career, life, and higher education by providing an opportunity to earn a high school diploma in an engaging program with flexible scheduling and authentic learning experiences. OFTA will provide a personal and caring environment where students become active participants in their learning and in their planning for the future.

Volunteers help the Academy of Warren to put a new face to their charter school

WARREN, MI – On August 10th through the 14th over 100 volunteers will be working at the Academy of Warren to help remodel their currently run-down facilities. With the help of 200 gallons of paint donated from MASCO, the staff of CS Partners, an anonymous $100,000 donation and help of parents, teachers and supporters ­– the school will be getting a major facelift next week.

The school building, located near the intersection of 8 Mile and Schoenher, was authorized by Bay Mills Community College in 2005.  The original founders remolded the old Farmer Jack’s and Frank’s Nursery buildings on the site. “Our students deserve a school building that is clean, functional and safe. And with the generous help of many organizations and volunteers, our school community is going have it when they return to the classrooms next month” said Executive Director, Eric Graves.   “The building has been vandalized many times and is badly in need of repairs, and unfortunately, there is no public funding available for buildings and maintenance for charter schools.”

The Academy of Warren, where over 90% of attending students come from low-income families, is in need of additional supplies and monetary donations to help with their end-of-summer remodeling project entitled, “Fresh Start New Beginnings, A September to Remember.”  The building location is in a very poor area of Warren that borders an equally poor, blighted section of Detroit. The school outperforms the majority of their neighboring schools, and is crucial to the students in the area who are desperate for a better choice and quality education. This renovation is important in allowing for these underprivileged students return to school with a fresh, clean environment.

Partners and sponsors are still needed, if you would like to make a monetary or supplies donation, or if you just wish to sign up to volunteer, please contact Renae or Todd at 810-229-5145 or tdryer@charterschoolpartners.com/ rbehr@charterschoolpartners.com.

CS Partners has been working with charter schools in Michigan since 1996 offering high quality diverse choices for parents in order to serve the unique needs of every child in urban, rural and suburban areas in Michigan.  Value is placed on partnerships with schools, parents, students, boards of directors, authorizers and others working with charter schools, trying to make a difference in the lives of children every day.  More information about CS Partners can be found at www.charterschoolpartners.com.

Academy of Warren offers free tuition, all day kindergarten, breakfast and lunch programs, extended programs, athletics, computer lab and library. Limited spaces are available for kindergarten through eighth grade.   For more information contact the school at (586) 552-8010 or visit their website http://www.academyofwarren.net