Best of the Week 2019-2020: Teaching to the Future


This semester, students in the St. Andre's Scholars program at St. Ed's teamed up with the Engineering and Entrepreneurship departments to start a recycling initiative, an interdisciplinary project, and an opportunity to help expand the supplies and resources for the St. Andre's Scholars program. The concept for this project started with Mrs. Renee Zorger, Director of the St. Andre's Scholars program, Mr. James Millar '11, Technology Manager, and Mr. JC Froelich '08, Engineering Department Chair brainstorming how to take recycled plastic materials and use it as 3D printer filament to create something new. When the idea was pitched to create recycled Christmas ornaments in time for the holiday season, they reached out to Mr. Bob Schenosky, Director of Entrepreneurial Solutions, to have his Entrepreneurship students assist in marketing and selling the ornaments. "The St. Andre's Scholars started collecting recycled water bottles after learning of the issue with microplastics polluting major water sources in Cleveland. Once we had all these recycled materials, we wanted to repurpose it and do something with it," says Mrs. Zorger. "My students are learning that there is a process and a cost that goes into creating any product. It's been exciting to see them take risks and have new ideas as they've brainstormed to envision the product. This project has created opportunities for the St. Andre's Scholars to learn more about the creative process and how to run a business. A large part of the St. Andre's Scholars program is working on employment skills and having my students be part of a business is an authentic way for them to build skills they'll use in the future."

"This project is just the start of our future," says Mr. Millar. "Our goal has always been to get people from many different disciplines using the Makers' Space in the Lowe Institute for Innovation. We want students of all backgrounds to see the real applications of the skills their learning in the classroom and