Educational Service Unit No 5 offers interactive learning opportunities for schools within ESU 5 boundaries and beyond. In these classes, the teachers reside at ESU 5 and provide class via distance learning systems.
ESU 5 is currently in its 16th year of providing a variety of interactive distance learning opportunities to school districts through the use of desktop videoconferencing systems.
The science program has two teachers who provide instruction to over 50 sections in grade levels 3-6 in 11 school districts serving over 1,500 students. Classes are offered on a quarterly, biweekly or weekly basis throughout the school year. Our two science teachers develop and deliver the curriculum in a hands-on, inquiry-based method. The science curriculum is built to make science exciting for students in an effort to raise their interest in science classes and science-based professions.
In addition to the center-based science classes, ESU 5 also offers summer science camps to area schools. These 2-day science camps are hosted by ESU 5 staff at each specific school site. Our camps offer eight fun, hands-on science activities for students in grades 4-6. These camps have, in the past, included bridge building challenges, programming robots, building rockets, making gummi worms, and so much more!
Contact Annette Weise, Alternative Program Director, for additional information.
ESU 5 offers Odysseyware, a credit recovery curriculum program, to its member school districts. Odysseyware is online course content that can be delivered in a variety of settings, such as online, blended learning for an alternative program and/or summer school.