Little Red School House
The Little Red School House Award is presented to a school district that is selected for implementing the most significant, innovative and successful education program or project.
The Little Red School House 2017 Winner
MADISON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Madison Middle School educators are transforming the way they educate students. There is a growing concern in the U.S. that young people today are not gaining the skills they need to be successful in a 21stcentury workforce. To counteract this problem, Madison implemented a makerspace lab in the middle school library and added a Foundations of CTE course to the seventh and eighth grade curriculum. Students visit makerspace before school, during noon hour, study hall and after school until 4:00pm. The fixed stations consist of a robotics and computer coding station, electronics station, a building station and an arts and crafts area. In addition to makerspace, the CTE foundations course has had a positive impact also. The course focuses on providing hands-on experience in STEM careers. The STEM labs in this course include ten different modules. Customized learning encourages projects that connect students to the real world. Makerspace and modules allow students to take control of their own learning through a hands-on approach as they ownership of projects they have designed.