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Secondary education already had the R-7 Online Academy structure in place, but following schools’ closure in the spring, elementary educators needed a virtual version to mirror the high quality of in-person learning. Mrs. Kristen Whipple, first grade teacher at Underwood Elementary, served on the team that had one month to design the curriculum for the first quarter.
Using just $50, off-the-shelf equipment and the science standard for the most basic computer, James Moore from Lee’s Summit North High School successfully built a space prototype.
Each space venture has a price tag, but one element is priceless — the astronauts’ health and safety.
Summit Technology Academy Prepares to Launch Aerospace Careers (OUR SCHOOLS MAGAZINE: NOVEMBER 2020)
Although pilots are most often associated with flying, there are many other lucrative aerospace career opportunities.
Starting in 2021-2022, Summit Technology Academy will expand its Digital Electronics and Aerospace Engineering course into a larger program, Aerospace Academy. Partnering with Aircraft Electronics Association and the University of Central Missouri, this program will offer top industry resources and expertise.
Mr. Rucker, music teacher at Richardson Elementary, is starting his third year in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and his 10th year in education.
Kay Haas, a seventh-grade student at Bernard Campbell Middle School, engages in a variety of extracurricular activities. She serves on Student Council, plays the oboe and earns top recognition in Aerialympics, which features aerial artists performing with silks and other materials.