The New Hope-Solebury School District welcomed Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Noe Ortega on March 25.
It was a historic moment for the district because it was the first time in the district’s history that a Pennsylvania Secretary of Education has visited.
“We were delighted to have this opportunity to share our district’s exceptional programs and initiatives with the secretary and we deeply appreciate the attention and time he shared with our students, staff, educators, and administrators,” said Superintendent Dr. Charles Lentz.
The secretary’s tour began at the Upper Elementary School, where students showcased the innovative STEAM education programs, including coding instruction in Scratch programming software and project-based learning experiences challenging students to design, build, and invent.
Students showed tangible 3D printed designs made in art classes, engineering design concepts, such as a trash collecting device for the ocean, and invention prototypes, including a sensor that regulates plant water saturation levels. Ortega was also invited to film an interview in their student-run multimedia studio conducted by fifth grader Clare Sheehan.
Throughout his visit, the secretary advocated for additional funding to create the conditions for innovation in all schools, which will improve learning and help recruit top talent into the educator workforce.