The work done by Washington Island students has opened the door for representatives from a global technology company to come on campus later this year. Last year’s exploration of possible wastewater solutions for the island earned the school a $20,000 technology grant from Samsung as a part of their Solve for Tomorrow Contest. The school came in the top five in the state this year as they searched for ideas to eradicate or lessen the impact of Lyme’s disease. Even without the win, representatives from Samsung will come to the island to work with staff on how to use technology better. Principal Michelle Kanipes credits teacher Miranda Dahlke for her role in setting up the visit for the state’s smallest school district.
Over the past year, Dahlke has been flown out to New York City and Silicon Valley for conferences on how to use technology in the classroom better. Kanipes says a date for the training has not yet been set.