The iPads will allow students to use technology more easily in outdoor classroom settings, specifically the nature trail at the Lee Steam Station in eastern Anderson County.
The Duke Energy/Palmetto Middle School partnership is part of a broader outdoor education initiative Duke Energy is pursuing in its South Carolina service area.
Dr. Wayne Fowler, Superintendent for Anderson One said, “We are very excited about this opportunity for our students. Our long term partnership with the Duke Energy Outdooor Education program has proven to be very beneficial for our students and teachers. This educational program is preparing students for their future and providing real-world learning opportunities. They are extending learning beyond the walls of our classrooms, and providing students with the use of technology for learning.“
“Duke Energy is pleased to announce the launch of its expanded Duke Energy Outdoor Education program today,” said Catherine Heigel, Duke Energy South Carolina president.
“Outdoor education promotes both hands-on learning experiences in environmental science, as well as healthy active lifestyles for children. We are proud of our longstanding relationship with Palmetto Middle School, and we’re even more proud to take it to the next level today. With these iPads, students will be able to conduct real-time research from the nature trail and have a lot of fun in the process. We look forward to building on the success of the Palmetto Middle School experience with area schools near other Duke Energy facilities as the company’s outdoor education program expands in the future.”
Ann Leigher, 6th grade science teacher, said, “The partnership with Duke Energy is incredible. The iPads are the going to take us to the next level with teaching and learning. The uniqueness of this partnership is that the folks from Duke Energy sit at the table with us and ask what we need to enhance our science instruction. They have gone over and beyond to create opportunities for our students to have hands on science. We have the outdoor classroom and nature trails that were built for students to observe nature first hand, and now students will be able to use the iPads to locate information matching what they see in nature. We are excited to pilot this program for our students.”
Today’s announcement is part of an ongoing partnership between Duke Energy and Palmetto Middle School that has in the past included support of the Lee Steam Station Wildlife and Industry Together (WAIT) program, which has given sixth-graders hands-on access to environmental stewardship education via a nature trail.Duke Energy and Palmetto Middle School have also worked together through the Lee Steam Station, a program to provide students with the opportunity to get outdoors and learn about natural resources, fish and wildlife through hands-on activities.