DCPS Empower U Academies organizes exhibitions for interested students

Students interested in Daviess County Public School’s Empower U Academies — the dual-credit program with personalized academic experiences — can attend one of two Expo events featuring demonstrations of learning projects made by current students.

The first Expo will be from 5:30-7 p.m. on January 27 at Apollo High School, and the second will be from 5:30-7 p.m. on February 3 at Daviess County High School. The programs are open to all current 7th and 8th graders and their families.

Empower U Expos are designed for students interested in biology, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers, or biomedical fields of study; agriculture and agro-industry; code tracking and computer programming; as well as advanced placement, dual credit, and early college opportunities.

In addition to choosing from paths in agriculture, engineering, life sciences, college, coding, advanced placement, or technical courses, students can also customize their plan by mixing and matching these options. Students will graduate from Empower U programs “with knowledge and awareness of a career path and are prepared for success after graduation from high school,” according to a statement from the school district.

“It’s a great opportunity for students and their families to see all the exciting things happening at our Empower U Academies and decide if this is the right path for them as they enter high school,” said Amanda. Jerome, DCPS College and Career Readiness Coordinator. “These academies provide an engaging college-level experience for students in grades 8-12.”

Both events will include a brief informative presentation. Visitors will visit a variety of student-run booths showcasing the projects students have been working on this year. Monitors will be present to answer questions from parents and students.

The Academy of Life Sciences demonstrations will highlight students’ expertise in specific anatomical systems through heart, kidney, and brain dissections, as well as blood work. Students will also share an easy to understand demonstration of the role of insulin and sugar in diabetes. Visitors will learn about DNA and see the extraction of DNA from human cells and plant cells (strawberry).

The Engineering Academy showcases will feature reverse engineering, computer programming, robotics and marble sorters. Students will share their projects with guests and explain the design and development processes behind them.

The stand of the Academy of Agriculture will present the agricultural projects that the students have developed this year. Students at this booth will also be able to discuss the leadership options available through the chapter’s involvement with the FFA.

Early College Academy students will be on hand to discuss their involvement in the full-time college program and share with prospective students the steps they need to take to successfully earn their associate degree.

Learn more about Empower U here.

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