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Finding their own way

East Palo Alto Charter School leverages students' curiosity in generating enthusiasm for science

by Sam Sciolla

"Second-graders, so many of you look ready to be engineers," Olga Tuman said, standing at the white board on a December morning as a group of children sat expectantly on the carpet.

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Posted by engineer
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 8, 2016 at 10:55 am

Tuman's approach could change lives even if the kids' education is not perfect in the future. Thank you for your support Weekly.

To the teachers: I would challenge you to appreciate the "engineering method" as highly as the scientific method. Because that's what they are doing, the kids just don't realize it. It's important to understand the distinction because the engineering method gets regarded as ad hoc and lacking rigor down the line, even in instances when it is far superior for solving real world problems.

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Posted by EPACS Teacher
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 8, 2016 at 5:34 pm

Thank you so much for this wonderful article, Palo Alto Online. Our students are amazing and you've captured that well. Sometimes we're flooded with bad news stories coming out of EPA. Thanks for recognizing and celebrating the good news with us. I feel so lucky to be able to be a part of such an innovative, collaborative school community.

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