Excellent post. It's refreshing to hear about a school that supports the notion of effective communication, especially public speaking, for all students. It's a skill that will benefit them throughout life. Being excited about your topic is half the battle—being able to share that excitement with others is what captivates everyone else.
I completely agree, Stephen. I remember when the STEM Launch school did their ribbon cutting ceremony this year, and one of the STEM Magnet kids came and did a ceremonial "passing of the lab jacket". I was very impressed with his public speaking in front of a crowd of VIPs. Those educators are doing a fine job with these kids. I would love to see that same enthusiasm, and creative approach to teaching, scale to other public schools. I think industry volunteers could help inject enthusiasm while keeping the educators in touch with what is happening in industry.