There is an enduring paradigm in education: Study content long enough, and eventually there will be a magic tipping point when you know enough to start doing something with your knowledge. This tipping point frequently comes in college or graduate school. It occasionally
happens in high school. Elementary school is rarer still. Yet
the elementary grades are exactly what we’re focusing on
with a campus-wide problem-based STEAM initiative at the
Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Milton Hershey School—where Jaunine is the director
of STEAM and the agricultural and environmental education program and Joel is the elementary Innovation Lab
instructor—was started in 1909 as a philanthropic endeavor
by Milton and Catherine Hershey when they discovered
they could not have children of their own. Today, Milton
Hershey School provides cost-free housing, support services, and education on our residential campus for more
than 2,000 preK– 12 students from deeply impoverished
backgrounds from all over the country.
with Design Thinking
A residential school in Pennsylvania puts an emphasis on applied learning
Jaunine Fouché and Joel Crowley
for elementary students—and that includes keeping the baby goats safe.