student and adult working on computer

High Desert ESD and Career and Technical Education partnered with Sky View Middle School to launch Innovate Oregon (Innovate Oregon’s) Make-a-thon program in Central Oregon. At the Make-a-thon, teams comprised of middle school students, educators, and industry professionals. These teams gathered for an afternoon of creating solutions using electronic circuit boards.

Pictured here is Shawna Bell, HDESD financial analyst, and Reid who worked together on a circuit board. Reid, who is a 7th grader said, “This is the best programming I have ever done in my entire life.” Pretty cool considering Reid placed 13th out of 60 at state for robotics.

The Make-a-thon model brings together a diverse set of perspectives (students, educators, professionals) in a non-typical environment where teams are challenged to learn, design, and create a solution together.