'Stealth Learning' Comes to Middle Township School District

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Teachers became students Thursday morning in Middle Township as they were introduced to a new initiative with the Stealth Learning Company.

“Stealth Learning is an exciting new way to learn that actually uses scientifically validated pop-culture icons like video games and drones and music to be able to transfer knowledge and skill faster with greater engagement,” said Dr. James “Butch” Rosser, CEO of the Stealth Learning Company.

Teachers from different schools within the Middle Township School District were joined by four high school students that will serve as teacher’s assistants for the program, which is geared towards fifth graders.

“Today we’re introducing our new program, called our Drone STEM program," said Rosser. "Our Drone STEM program uses these pop-culture icons, including drones, to help children who are not performing well in the classroom in science, to do better on their state standardized test.” 

The program was brought to the district with the help of a $150,000 grant, which was awarded to Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro and is coordinated by O.C.E.A.N. Inc.

“They felt that there was a need for students in our district to have greater hands-on access to STEM-based learning, be it engineering, technology, math,” said Dr. Toni Lehman, director of curriculum and instruction in the Middle Township School District.

“It gives our students more opportunity to have those chances to get more education,” said Pam Shute, a teacher in the district.

The grant is paying for the training and the supplies needed to implement the program in the school district.

“There’s going to be drones that are going to be presented to our students," said Lehman. "They’ll also have an opportunity to use computer and technology-based programming."

The select group of fifth-grade students will participate in 10 Stealth Learning sessions — to be held at the Whitesboro Grammar School following the end of the normal school day — prior to taking the standardized test in the spring.

“The equipment and kits will be set up and housed here," said Lehman. "At the conclusion of the program, all the kits and tech-based stuff will be able to be transformed back to the classrooms."

District officials plan on comparing the student's test scores from last spring to what they score after the program in order to determine whether or not the new technique was effective.

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