ExcitEDucation

Schools. Communities. Partnerships.
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Authentic & Transformative Learning

ExcitED is a workforce readiness program that prepares students for life beyond secondary education by securing, promoting, and growing authentic and intellectually challenging partnerships that enhance student learning and afford opportunities for our school community to learn from and work alongside industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and academic partners.

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For Students

ExcitED is an opportunity for you, the student, to work with educators and industry partners to develop yourself into a 21st century professional.

For Students

Through internships, classroom instruction, mentorship, and authentic challenge projects, you will work alongside industry professionals and become college and career-ready.

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For Partners

ExcitED is an opportunity for our partners to work with high school students in an effort to build the future workforce pipeline.

For Partners

You can help by bridging the gap between secondary education and professional employment.

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Meet the Team

Passionate educational leaders from Pennsylvania are coming together to build the ExcitED program. Get to know the team.

Meet the Team

Meet Steven Beal and Ignacio Jayo from William Tennent High School and David Garbe from PSBR.

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Vision

ExcitED
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CREATE an engaging environment where students and educators can develop, hone, and part-take in unique skills-based STEAM learning opportunities;

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FOSTER partnerships to innovate education by building a platform for authentic learning experiences that prepares the school community for real-world employment opportunities;
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ESTABLISH a long-term solution through the region which is intended to create an enriching and engaging research-focused STEAM program that will allow students and educators to explore and participate in career-connected experiences.
Two female students demonstrating their micropipetting skills.
"I gained the ability to write and address problems in a professional and scholarly manner. I also, very quickly, developed public speaking skills and now experience no nerves when having to address a large crowd ...
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Katie LaPlaunt - Student Design Lab
"I gained the ability to write and address problems in a professional and scholarly manner. I also, very quickly, developed public speaking skills and now experience no nerves when having to address a large crowd of any kind. This class alone has provided me with endless connections and resources for future use, and has set up a path of future success."
Katie LaPlaunt - Student Design Lab
"I learned many new things regarding human DNA, cells, and the activities they go through on a daily basis; I also learned more about different scientific processes and how to overcome obstacles in a quick ...
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Josh Nydick - Genetics and Bio Technology
"I learned many new things regarding human DNA, cells, and the activities they go through on a daily basis; I also learned more about different scientific processes and how to overcome obstacles in a quick manor when things don't always go your way."
Josh Nydick - Genetics and Bio Technology
"I learned how to create a complex, well-written argument through both a presentation and paper format. I have learned how to account for everyone's ideas in a group and to take note of different perspectives ...
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Ava Chebruch - Student Design Lab
"I learned how to create a complex, well-written argument through both a presentation and paper format. I have learned how to account for everyone's ideas in a group and to take note of different perspectives in an argument. I feel a lot more confident presenting and I know how to structure a presentation that will not bore or confuse the audience. I have also become comfortable with being uncomfortable when it comes to not knowing what my next steps should be in a project or if I can't think of a solution to a given problem right away. I've learned the importance of pacing myself with my work and allowing myself time to deeply think about tasks/projects I'm working on."
Ava Chebruch - Student Design Lab
"I hope to gain further insight into future career paths for myself. I appreciate that I although lab work isn't for me, I had so many opportunities to test myself and challenge myself in a ...
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Jacqueline Faulk - Genetics and Bio Technology
"I hope to gain further insight into future career paths for myself. I appreciate that I although lab work isn't for me, I had so many opportunities to test myself and challenge myself in a higher level setting."
Jacqueline Faulk - Genetics and Bio Technology
"I think I learned how to work even better with people and make sure everyone's ideas are heard and incorporated even if they are different from mine. I think I'm also better at public speaking ...
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Kayla VanAtta - Student Design Lab
"I think I learned how to work even better with people and make sure everyone's ideas are heard and incorporated even if they are different from mine. I think I'm also better at public speaking compared to August/September."
Kayla VanAtta - Student Design Lab
Boxes of micropipette tips in the Genetics and BioTechnology Class.

Partners

Who is involved?

ExcitED is proud to be partnering with various stakeholders in both the academic and corporate arenas, including: Teachers and students in the Centennial School District, the Bucks County Workforce and Economic Development Board, and the Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR) as well as several local, regional, and national corporations, entrepreneurs, higher education institutions, research centers, and next-generation manufacturing companies. All collaborators are focused on providing students with authentic learning experiences that prepare them for employment and/or higher education opportunities.

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