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STEM School Brings History To Life




At the STEM School and Academy in Highlands Ranch history doesn't always spark an interest with students. That was the reality facing A.P. World History teacher Owen Cegielski when he started teaching there six years ago.

So he had a thought. What if he could bring history to life? So he assembled a team of students to play a game - recreate Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and convince him not to declare war. His team consisted of a 3D modeler, an electrician, programmers, and an artist.

In a matter of three weeks the team of eleven sophomores created a talking head of the Kaiser. It responds to questions. It has emotions. It ultimately will be swayed to declare or not declare war based on interactions. Cegielski calls the achievement "an educational miracle."

The students have gained a whole new appreciation for the past. "History lives on in what we do today and that’s a lesson that’s really been driven home in this class," said Benjamin Krawciw, who came up with the concept of the talking head. No one is starting a war, but bringing history to life is pretty revolutionary. Cegielski knows "This is something that we’re all going to take away and remember for the rest of our lives."

February 23, 2017 | By ccheline | Category: Charter Schools

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