Earlier this month, 36 students at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Jose, California completed the FlexFactor program. But, these students were not just any students – they participated in the first customized version of FlexFactor Sprint for English Language Development (ELD). These hardworking students are not only learning English, they also carry a full load of regular high school classes. To fit into their busy schedules, a customized version of the four-week FlexFactor program was embedded in two ELD classes. FlexFactor exposes students to the education and career pathways leading to roles in advanced manufacturing while delivering on classroom learning objectives such as reading comprehension, persuasive argument development, and oral presentation.
Combining these learning objectives with the required level of technical understanding and entrepreneurship familiarity in the FlexFactor program posed a challenge for many of the student teams. However, they quickly demonstrated a capacity to overcome the language barrier and apply cutting-edge technology concepts to address a wide range of social and health issues that they chose to solve.
Lincoln High School ELD FlexFactor Students, May 2018