Cape Girardeau elementary school sparks creativity in students

Jefferson Elementary students present teaching concepts

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A Heartland school is showing how it’s teaching students, and it’s giving the stage to the students to do it.

Jefferson Elementary in Cape Girardeau is one of multiple schools going to a regional conference in St. Charles, Mo. in February.

The school is using a program called 'emerging engineers' to spark creativity in their kids and teach them social skills.

instead of having the teachers pitch the program, the school is going to let the students explain the concept at the conference.

educators say the students will be showing off more than just the program.

“We're really presenting JE and what JE is and not only that but what Cape Girardeau is, what Missouri is, what education in the United States can be if we really work towards our kids creating and our kids collaborating, and our kids really make an impact on today and on the future,” said Kelley Branch with Jefferson Elementary.

The school invited members of the community to evaluate how different groups present the program.

The school applied to be a part of the conference. Only 30 percent of applicants were accepted.

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