Classroom Cribs: Ouachita Christian School

Courtesy: KNOE 8 News
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Published: Mar. 10, 2020 at 8:24 AM CDT
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Twelfth graders like Eli Extine can tell you firsthand, building a robot from the ground up is no piece of cake.

"sometimes stuff gets hard but when you figure it out it gets fun," says Extine.

In Mr. Cleo Head's robotics class, students are learning to build, code and program a robot from scratch. Then, they're required to teach it all to a fourth grader.

"Today we like to work in our own little world and so forth," says Head. "This takes them out of their comfort zone a little bit so they can understand the information well enough so that they can teach it to someone who is much younger than they are."

Extine admits, teaching fourth graders isn't easy, but says it has its benefits.

"The more I explain it the more I understand it myself and it helps me further my work so I can say OK I told them this and how it helps me do mine and be a better person," says Extine.

Meanwhile, other students at OCS are giving serious thought to their future.

Garrett Folds helped his school bring home the state championship and start thinking about college.

"I was kind of intimidated at fist because I didn't know what I needed to do and they helped me know what path I needed to take to get admitted," says Folds.

Thanks to a new program at OCS called "College Prep at OCS," students are being given the tools they need to succeed.

"It's a comprehensive counseling program for grades 7 through 12, where we have one one interviews with students, in which we have seminars, parent seminars, and we try to guide our students through the college and career process," says Amanda McMullen, a counselor at OCS. "We feel like the more they know, the more they succeed."

That's proving to be true for Lelia Robertson. She's going to LSU in the Fall. She admits, the thought of it was overwhelming at first, but she says OCS's College Prep program has eased the burden.

"It puts you in the right mindset, it gets your goals in there, we have great teachers helping us out, putting us a goal sheet together to make sure we have are on the right path," says Robertson.

Teachers say the biggest reason for the program's success is the scripture its based on: Jeremiah 29:11.

"We believe that God has a plan for every student here, and we want them to be able to live out that purpose, so it's based on that scripture."

A special reminder to students they can do whatever they put their minds to, and earning OCS a spot on Classroom Cribs.