Centura’s Discovery Day a departure from the norm

For students in grades 7-12 at Centura School Friday, November 16, the day did not follow the normal routine. Discovery Day gave the students a chance to sign up for areas of interest meant to provide opportunities to explore new hobbies, activities, and jobs.

Some 20 offerings (sign language, dog training, canvas art, robotics, and archery, to name just a few) presented choices students could make. The “classes” were taught by business owners, instructors, and expert practitioners. The classes offered were based on a survey of the students’ interests and curiosities. The Centura staff then went to work to find individuals in the area who could show the students something about the topics.

The guest presenters who shared expertise in their special field of interest ranged from individuals to representatives of major enterprises. Central Community College-Hastings, as one example, brought two machinery simulators to give students first-hand experience, via a large visual screen and actual controls, at operating an 18-wheel semi-truck or a backhoe excavator, all meant to mimic real equipment.

The entire Centura staff was involved in planning the day, the organization of which was spearheaded by teachers Robin Keilig and Doug Voigt.

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