TRIO’s Educational Talent Search program at Rich Mountain Community College hosted thirty-seven rising 7th graders from Polk, Scott, and Montgomery counties on June 20th. The Talent Search participants were treated to a day full of activities on team building and financial literacy skills. Students spent the morning at the RMCC Historic Armory with team building activities. The students built their own individual miniature parachutes. Students used fans to simulate strong winds and guided their parachutes into designated “districts” to their fellow team members for points. “Game Makers” kept the competition interesting with things such as simulated rain. The students utilized their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills to assist in their parachute construction and navigation.
Afternoon activities were spent on a game about life styles. Students chose their house and auto. Students then drew to see what they would spend on clothing, groceries, and entertainment. After each student received a “paycheck,” each had to go to the various “bankers” to pay bills. This simulation gave students information about life style choices, responsible spending, and financial literacy.
For more information about the Talent Search program, contact Brenda Miner, Julie Ulmer, or Erika Smith at (479) 394-7622. The Talent Search program will be accepting new participants who meet required guidelines this fall. Interested parents or students should direct inquiries to the Talent Search department at RMCC. The Educational Talent Search program at RMCC is funded 100% by federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education.