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Fostering Leadership and Mentorship Through Smart Mobility

Aiken Students Encourage Pleasant Hill Academy Learners with Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, and Robots

In the realm of education, mentorship plays a pivotal role in shaping young minds. On Wednesday November 11th, eleven Aiken students from Mr. Ernst’s Tech Club assumed the role of mentors to guide and support Pleasant Hill Academy elementary school children during an enriching field trip. This endeavor not only facilitated academic learning but also fostered leadership skills among the high schoolers while creating a bond of trust and companionship with their younger counterparts.

The Aiken students were part of the Ohio’s Smart Mobility Ambassador Program. The Program, according to it’s website, is a statewide initiative to get more students thinking about transportation as a future career path. “DriveOhio is also searching for high school students able to teach and mentor K-5 students about smart mobility technology and lead hands-on STEM activities. The program provides high school students with professional development, mentoring, and career networking opportunities, while they sharpen their coding, programming and leadership skills. In addition, eligible students can earn work-based learning credits and volunteer hours towards graduation, in alignment with the Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal.”

This unique initiative was not just about academic learning; it was a platform for character development. As the day progressed, the high school mentors exhibited remarkable leadership qualities, taking charge of situations, and effectively managing their groups. Moreover, they demonstrated empathy by understanding the varying learning paces and preferences of the elementary students, adapting their mentoring style accordingly.

As this venture concluded, it left a lasting impression, inspiring both mentors and mentees to continue their journey of growth, learning, and mutual support. “How amazing it was to see high school students teaching the younger future,” Mr. Ernst said. In the future the Tech Club is already planning its next adventure. If you have any interest in joining this amazing club, drop by afterschool on Tuesdays in Room 1150.

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