Ada construction site serves as real-life classroom for GRPS students

A construction project in West Michigan drew nearly 100 students to Ada.

ADA, MICH. - Classroom learning is valuable -- and few will argue that point -- but when students can leave the classroom and use a field trip for learning, that can be even more valuable.

Close to 100 students from Grand Rapids Public Schools' Innovation Central High School's Academy of Modern Engineering and Academy of Design and Construction enjoyed a real-life classroom experience Tuesday morning when they bussed to downtown Ada to visit the re-construction site.

Earlier: Ada Village reconstruction project starts this week

The students had a chance to talk to the engineers and lead construction workers, as well as Ada Township officials, about how the project came together and how it's being completed.

"When we go on field trips, we don't go down to test the 31 flavors at Baskin Robbins," said Gideon Sanders, who is the assistant principal at Innovation Central High School. "These are the types of field trips that we go on -- the meaningful, impactful field trips -- and because of that, we don't get much disengagement from the students.

"Every [construction] site is different, and every exploration is a totally new world to them, and with our students being modern engineering students, as well as design and construction students, this fit perfectly into our curriculum."

Sanders says field trips are nothing new for the students at Innovation Central High School. He says he organized 105 of them during the school year.

Phase two of the Ada reconstruction project began June 2, with the entire redevelopment set to finish around Labor Day.

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