Distance-Learning Students Meet for Classes

Published: May. 25, 2018 at 5:30 PM EDT
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Students from Maine Connections Academy aren't used to seeing each other in person, but today they gathered at UMaine for an academic summit.

The Academy is usually internet-based, serving seventh through 12th grade students from around the state.

But today, they met and held classes in a more traditional fashion at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center.

The event was focused around STEM education, but the students were also encouraged to strengthen connections they had made with their virtual classmates.

"What happens is that kids from Portland make friends with kids from the Bangor area and vice versa, and they can't see them every day." said Jeremy Bernier, a math teacher and coordinator of the summit. "So we try to organize events like these to make it easier for students to meet with each other in person while also doing some more learning and some really cool things that they might not have already learned about in their curriculum."

The students will meet in person one more time this year, at graduation in June.