Project Description

Our SAE project will include:
– Preparing a curriculum to teach to elementary students about Butler Tech animals, the Veterinary Science Program, and animal knowledge/safety.
– Communicating and arranging visits with school districts/principals to schedule visits.
– Visiting elementary schools within the Butler Tech school district and home schools, showing BT animals and teaching students.

Content: The top 3 things I learned from this showcase were:

The top 3 things we learned from this showcase include knowledge on animal species within the lab that we chose as our spotlight animals, skills working with animals and children like patience and communication, and how to work as a team to accomplish a common goal within the veterinary field.

Culture: This project relates or connects to my family, background, peers, community or my own personal interests in these ways:

As a group of 6, here is how this project has influenced our culture:
Makayla – I am continuing in the veterinary field and hope to continue educating children and adults in veterinary care and handling. If we don’t educate kids, then they will grow up not knowing how to properly care for or handle these animals. They may grow up with a misunderstanding or fear of certain breeds or species and that is an injustice and disservice to animals and this program.
Riley – I am going to be a vet tech, with possibly going on to vet school. I enjoyed researching the animals and then preparing a presentation on what we learned. I also love kids and hope to continue educating them in the future with animal handling and safety.
Xander – I am planning to go into zoology. In zoos it’s people taking care of animals and then educating the public on those animals. This gave me the experience to know I still want to do that.
Brennalee – I enjoy the teaching side of this project. I want to be an elementary school teacher, but I also love animals. This allowed me to partner my career choice with my passion.
Christian – I am pursuing animal behavior after high school. Handling the animals while teaching the kids safety and how to properly pet and handle the animals brought me a lot of joy and I know without a doubt that this is what I want to do.
Maholy – I am planning to attend UC Blue Ash next year in veterinary technology. The experience of researching and finding more information needed on a specific animal and relaying to someone else will be exactly what I am doing once I enter the workforce.

Metacognition: In reflection, one thing that I would have done differently during my journey with this showcase is:

During this year it was challenging to progress with the project. At this point we only presented once with kids. We are hoping that we can pass this project along to incoming students and they can learn from our obstacles and be better with scheduling and setting goals. We all have such a passion for this project and we hope we can aid the next group with following through with what we’ve started and created.

Social/Emotional: One thing I am most proud of by completing this showcase is:

That we all stuck with the project and grew as a group throughout the year. We all discovered more of our passions and it has helped to mold what we plan to do when we leave Butler Tech in just a few days and graduate. We love this project and are very proud of the progress and start we had and hope the next group will continue and make it even better.

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