Experiencia is now Exchange City and EarthWorks

Michigan's only location of Exchange City and EarthWorks at 20330 Superior Road in Taylor recently welcomed Taylor Mayor Cameron G. Priebe to tour the facilities. During the visit, Mayor Priebe exchanged mayoral proclamations with Mackenzie Keathley, a fifth-grader from Wareing Elementary School in Taylor. Mackenzie was serving as mayor of the day among the students visiting the Taylor facility.

At Exchange City, middle school and high school "citizens" collectively keep their very own city operating and thriving, from the mayor's office and the police department to the news media and the business community. The 40 hours of classroom preparation and follow-up, along with the full-day Exchange City simulation, teach and reinforce the democratic, economic and entrepreneurial concepts that are the cornerstone of the free enterprise system.

Through Exchange City, teachers, students and parents experience mathematics, civics, social studies and literacy through real-life problems, learning activities and instructional strategies. Students learn about different career options, personal finance skills and how their roles as consumers and producers are important to the economy.

Exchange City's young citizens get a chance to use the knowledge, skills and capacities they have learned in the classroom and home activities. During their full-day simulation visit, students then become owners and operators of a multitude of businesses within a democratic government framework.

In the same facility is EarthWorks, which gets students excited about math and science. Young scientists game plan solutions to save the ecosystem. They have been prepared for their task through six weeks of hands-on lessons during the EarthWorks program. After pupils -- in elementary school and middle school -- prepare in the classroom, they immerse themselves "on the job," exploring more than 25 different science careers in their full-day simulation.

The dramatic simulated outdoor environment challenges the young scientists to work together to do exciting experiments, investigate live plants and animals, use state-of-the-art technologies and restore EarthWorks' ecosystems to life-sustaining levels. Following their simulation experience, students engage in 10 hours of follow-up classroom lessons to complete the EarthWorks curriculum.

For more information, visit Exchange City and EarthWorks, call (734) 287-8696 or visit www.exchangecity.org.

 

Taylor Mayor Cameron G. Priebe exchanges mayoral proclamations with Mackenzie Keathley, the mayor of the day, during a recent visit to Exchange City and EarthWorks.

Students participating in the Exchange City program learn about career options, personal finance skills and how their roles as consumers and producers are important to the economy.

Students visiting EarthWorks investigate live plants and animals, use state-of-the-art technologies and restore the facility's ecosystems to life-sustaining levels.