BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - More than 500 middle school students are back to school at the Charter School for Applied Technologies Middle school where there are a lot of new things this year, like renovated classrooms and new school administration.
"Our kids will be provided a lot of hands on experiences so that's the foundation of what we do and offer our students here at CSAT," said Gregory Mott, CSAT Middle School Principal.
Through a program called Project Lead the Way there's big focus on STEM learning, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.
"We really work to integrate that into everything and we have wonderful programs for that. All of our students K-8 have their own laptop to work on," said Lori Allan, CSAT Director of Communications.
There are 3 schools within the Charter School for Applied Technologies: the elementary, middle, and high school. And even the youngest students in kindergarten are getting hands on experience with STEM.
"Our kindergartners are doing some really basic coding with arrows, so they're not actually using word coding or java script but they're actually coding a small animal to move through a maze using a series of arrows," said Alie Kuitems, CSAT Technology Integration Specialist.
Though there is an emphasis on technology, you'll also find traditional classes too.
"You're not coming in and just learning about engineering, just learning about computers, you're coming in and you're learning about art, you're learning about music, the business world," said Allan.
There's also a therapy dog in each school, like this chocolate lab named Bear.
"Some students that are struggling during the day, may need a little extra support or calming environment, they'll come sit with one of our dogs pet them," said Sarah Rohde, CSAT Director of Family Support Center.
For more information about Project Lead the Way and the Charter School for Applied Technologies.