The Edge Academy offers fourth and fifth graders a chance to deviate from the normal grade level core content for one day a week.

"We can either go up to stuff that is higher level or we can go deeper into it beyond what you have time to do in a regular class room," said Jen Sheffield, Gifted and Talented coordinator and Edge Academy teacher.

Sheffield said a lot of kids that come to Edge, especially the high ability or Gifted and Talented students, like to learn, but they don't always like being school because it may not move at the speed they want or go into the depth they need.

"We are learning in a different way, in a way that is fun and in a way that we can actually remember," said Jaiden Guy, 10. "Instead of sitting there and writing you actually get to have hands on experience."

He said he loved coming to Edge and wished it were more than just once a week.

"It's pretty fun and even though we learn harder stuff, everyone feels welcome here," said Carina Thurman, 10. "It is more fun because they help you learn by doing it a fun way."

She gave an example of playing with bubbles and then learning how bubbles work and are formed.

"We don't learn everything here, but we do learn better and pick up on it faster," Thurman said.

Katie Forbis, 10, said she liked being able to do science projects and experiments that they can't do at school.

"I like that we do extra curricular stuff that we don't do at school," Forbis said.

Sheffield said they offer several extra activities for the students that they get to pick. This year the students were able to pick from flight and rocketry, coding, the inventors workshop, which are staples and some new classes like studying marine biology and stop-motion movie making. They are also letting the student publish their own book.

"The ones that are really popular we will keep in rotation," she said.

The academy also has equipment that teachers can "rent out" from the facility and teachers can bring classes to work on projects and conduct hands-on learning projects.

"We want to encourage the kids to be themselves and own their talents and abilities and celebrate that, as they get older they won't want to mask it," Sheffield said.

Their goal is to teach the students to always be curious and open-minded and to teach them problem solving, critical thinking and creativity.

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