Early College Focuses on the Future
Early College Focuses on the Future
Posted on 05/29/2018
A Buncombe County Early College student, left, shows his project to another student.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Buncombe County Schools prepares students for their tomorrow, but Buncombe County Early College (BCEC) took that into the next century on Thursday.

As part of their first year at the school, BCEC’s 59 ninth-graders developed ideas about the construction of a 22nd Century International Cultural Arts Center. In their Math, English, and World History classes, they explored different approaches to the challenge. Their inspirations ranged from ancient architecture to international food cultures to current social and political structures from around the world.

On Thursday, they presented their ideas to the community in an open-house that spanned three classrooms.

“We looked at how all these international inputs would impact design thinking and business, modern-day and future technology, as well as ancient technology,” said Tyler Biggs, who guided tours of the open house. “We’re going around the world and looking at the best ideas that can boost economies. We can bring them back to the Americas and make our economies much stronger in the future.”

Marcel Melinetskiy and Vadim Zvirkovsky studied the invention of the suspension bridge by the Aztec people of modern-day Mexico. They noted how important suspension bridges are today, like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

“It’s amazing how something so small can influence us today,” Melinetskiy said. “Ancient technology has affected us so much more than most people know.”

Rebekah Fals and her group researched, among other things, how to improve their effectiveness when creating cultural literacy products – specifically by looking at how the brain solves problems.

“If you want to understand other cultures, you really have to listen and put yourself in other people’s shoes,” she said. “Accents are hard to understand, project goals change. You have to think flexibly.”

Fals, and the other presenters, said their research and presentations opened their eyes about the interconnectedness of the world, and how that could increase into the next century.

“This is a really great project, and it’s changed my life,” she said. “I have a friend in Ukraine now thanks to this project. It’s had a huge impact.”
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