As we kick off the new school year, we are excited to share updates about new programs, schools and community partners. We are piloting our K3 program, working with several new schools and expanding Create Art with Code (CAC) into more classrooms.
Our new K3 program works to allow young students understand that they too can think like scientists. Twelve lessons feature physical science concepts ranging from prisms and light to gravity. At the end of the year, the fire department will visit students for a physics extravaganza on the playground. The curriculum was designed by Dr. Kerry Kretchmar, a professor of early childhood education at Carroll University, and is being piloted at St. Anthony School in Milwaukee and La Casa de Esperanza in Waukesha.
SHARP is building stronger relationships with our partner schools to enhance communication and allow us to build upon their collective expertise. Recently, psychologists Natalie Schmitt and Pam Hansen from the Milwaukee Public School system trained our guides, educational tour site partners and teachers in Trauma-Informed Care best practices so they can provide better care for urban students.
We are excited to be working with a number of new schools and serving 237 new students this year, including Elm Creative Arts Elementary School, Hope Fidelis and Lutheran Special School and Education Services (LSSES). The Lumin Schools network will also begin SHARP programming at Granville Lutheran, and Renaissance Lutheran this spring.
The Create Art with Code program, new last year, encouraged students to think creatively, solve problems and work collaboratively with their peers while learning a valuable new skill. CAC will be introduced this school year at Rogers Street Academy in Milwaukee and Banting, Whittier, and Summit View schools in Waukesha. CAC will continue this year in Doerfler, Escuela Vieau, and Forest Home Avenue Elementary. SHARP guides will lead 12 lessons, while partner school teachers will deliver 4 lessons to help integrate coding into their classrooms.
Each school year provides us with exciting opportunities to engage the curiosity of a new group of students, and watch them grow into capable, life-long learners.