Discovery students are the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. Students are embracing STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math through Manufacturing and Robotics. STEAM combines hands-on labs, engineering challenges, and digital investigations that include math and the arts. The students learn skill sets needed for young thinkers and doers to prepare for their future. The goal is to connect learning with real life by discovering pathways between what is learned today and becoming the leaders of tomorrow. We will achieve this goal through hands-on, technology-based activities that promote critical and creative thinking, and challenging, engaging, inquiry based learning.
Academic Programs, Student Service Activities and Student Recognition
The Dual Language Program offers all students an opportunity to become fluent in Spanish by the end of their fifth grade year. Students wishing to increase their skills may enroll in Advanced Spanish class.
Regular assemblies are held to honor those students who have performed well and exhibited the 7 Habits. Recognitions include Effort Honor Roll, Leader of the Month, and Rowdy Rowlie Rally.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international competition that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Kids use their creativity to solve long term problems. These problems range from building mechanical devices or structures to performing a creative and unique solution to a problem. Students work in teams and learn how to cooperate and respect the ideas of others. Students compete at the regional level first, and may qualify to compete at the state and world levels. Rowlett's fourth and fifth grade Discovery students are eligible for this program. Go to www.odysseyofthemind.com to find out more about the organization.
Kid's Bank, coordinated by Monica Corbett and supported by the fifth grade teachers, is a fully functioning bank run by Rowlett students. The program is sponsored by Bank of America. Fifth graders in the program are recommended by teachers and must interview for jobs as greeters, security, tellers, and marketing and publicity teams. Those selected are trained by Bank of America staff. The Kid's Bank team is responsible for marketing and operating the bank. They present a report to Bank of America officers at the end of each year.
Rowlett has a lovely butterfly garden, maintained by volunteers, parents, and students. It features a wide variety of plants, a birdbath, several arbors, and picnic tables where families can enjoy lunch. The garden was begun in honor of Kaye Carlson, mother of former teacher at Rowlett Academy.