Bringing broadening horizons within reach

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:38 AM.

Robots, algae and control towers – oh my the lessons to be learned. 

That, in a nutshell, provides the framework of the High School High Tech program at Port St. Joe High School. Students in the program recently visited Tyndall Air Force Base where they learned about robotic weapons, alternative energies and controlling the skies as the jets fly overhead.

High School High Tech is sponsored by the Dyslexia Research Institute of Tallahassee, whose founder is county resident Dr. Pat Hardman, with partial funding from the ABLE Trust and Vocational Rehabilitation.

The program was established at Port St. Joe High School four years ago to serve students experiencing learning challenges in traditional classroom settings or curricula.

High School High Tech is for high-functioning students with disabilities who have an Individual Education Plan used to map progress for students with learning challenges.

High School High Tech aims to mold those students for the workforce, and does so on several levels, said director Lynn Hauck, two years removed from retiring as a science teacher at Port St. Joe Middle School.

“I was volunteering out here anyway so when I got this opportunity to still be involved and get paid a little bit, I was very interested,” Hauck said. “This is a multi-faceted program.”

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