Besides our engaging courses, it’s the amazing students that make Athena’s so extraordinary. Our students are full of ideas, passion, and curiosity. They are the reason we strive to make Athena’s a warm, welcoming place to grow and learn.
We want to give to gifted and talented students the opportunity to connect with like-minded peers, who share their passions and curiosities – having fun, while learning with each other. In her 2013 study, founder Dr. Kirsten Stein confirmed that beyond the desire to have their gifted child exposed to an appropriate and challenging curriculum, parents of gifted children wanted the online educational environment to provide a community of like-minded individuals for their gifted student child (Stein, 2013). In our virtual classrooms, through threaded discussion forums, students begin to get to know each other even before the first webinars.
Once in the webinar room, students text chat with each other and the instructor before class begins. During the lessons, students share their thoughts and ideas about the subject by typing using text chat and verbally via their microphones. The conversations often continue after the webinars and students head back to the classroom to “Open Chat,” to text chat with each other in real time.
During the week, students discuss class topics through threaded discussion forums and support each other with positive feedback. Students may also be given the opportunity to collaborate on group projects together, including course-inspired builds on our Minecraft™ servers.
All of Athena’s students are able to come together on our Social forums, where there are a variety of forum topics being discussed. There’s even a Mini World where we have an entire community within a community! Follow the hilarious Mini World anecdotes on our Twitter page #MiniWorldTales
We believe amazing things can happen when we’re together. It’s what community is all about — and we welcome you.