The ribbon was cut and the doors thrown open for a new and innovative program called SparkTank earlier this week. SparkTank is a program within the Ottumwa Community School District for high school juniors and seniors. SparkTank is a project-based experience that connects teams of students with local businesses and organizations to solve real-world problems and provide value-added opportunities for students to give back while becoming immersed in a professional culture.
What sets students at SparkTank apart is the understanding that they are becoming a member of a unique community of like-minded individuals with the expressed goal of preparing for post-secondary education and a perspective professional path. Students at SparkTank will be put into collaborative situations to work in a project-based real work environment where they must be willing to comply with business ethics and perform in a business culture. Students at SparkTank are described as student-associates, because they operate as partners or colleagues in a business or work setting.
Student-associates at SparkTank will practice critical thinking; complex communication; creativity, collaboration, flexibility and adaptability; productivity and accountability, along with employability skills, with a real-world audience in authentic situations.
Local businesses have the opportunity to partner with SparkTank in several ways: by providing projects, being a guest instructor/speaker, being a mentor, providing a job shadowing experience or with company tours.
The Legacy Foundation is proud to be a partner in this unique learning platform and to provide seed funding for the first three years to assist with the launch!