Students at Camas Valley Charter School get hands-on experience with technology in classes that also explore careers in STEM fields. The middle school class covers game design and programming, while the high school class focuses on graphic design and printing. Each of the classes infuse 21st Century Learning Skills and College and Career Readiness Skills with content that is both engaging and relevant to students.

These courses contribute to the students’ ability to think critically and problem solve which is relevant to all students regardless of their career path. Building these skills will help them be successful in school and in life.

Using GEAR UP grant funds, the school purchased a large format printer capable of printing on and cutting a wide variety of material. Therefore, students in the graphic design class can design and produce professional quality products that can be sold in the school and community. Any profits from selling items and contracted work go into a fund to continue supporting the school's GEAR UP culture and activities, such as campus visits.

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"So far we have made stickers, heat transfers for t-shirts, and banners," said Wendy Roque, GEAR UP coordinator at Camas Valley Charter School. "The students also created and delivered a banner of support for Lookingglass Elementary after the fire at their school."

Read other examples of school businesses that help sustain GEAR UP activities.