The Edmonson County 5/6 Family Resource Center was given a grant by the South Central Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC) to purchase educational science software for the Edmonson County 5th/6th center. This opportunity is provided to rural areas that traditionally have shortages of many health professionals. One of AHEC’s goals is to promote math and science to rural students and encourage students to choose a career in health. This is being addressed by implementing the Science and Math for Rural Teachers and Students (SMARTS) program. This strategy seeks to help students become more proficient in these subjects and entertain the idea of choosing a health career as their profession.
The award winning software purchased is called Digital Frog. Students have interactive activities including virtual dissection of a frog and get to compare the frog’s anatomy to that of a human. They also learn about the skeletal system, muscles, cells and our environment. Digital field trips are taken to rain forests, wetlands and deserts. The program promotes life-long meaningful learning for young minds. Lynette Saling, with the 5/6 Family Resource Center says this software would not be available without the grant money. Teachers are excited, as well as the students, to interact with Digital Frog. Mrs. LaNetta Skaggs, 5th grade math and science teacher states, “We would like to thank South Central Kentucky AHEC and the 5/6 Family Resource Center for providing our school with this program. The Digital Frog is a valuable resource to supplement our science program.” The program has been in use since September till present and can be used in the future because the program is now licensed to the 5th/6th center.