Contributed post by Seth Chambers, Adobe Education Leader
The Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) is the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art education reform effort at the secondary level to date. The CART combines rigorous academics with technical, design, process, entrepreneurial, and critical thinking skills.
Eleventh and twelfth grade students from the Clovis and Fresno Unified School Districts in California are bused to CART where they attend half-day classes in one of the laboratories taught by teams of instructors from both education and business. The partnership between the school districts is a unique opportunity to make systemic change in education and positively influence the future of all students in the San Joaquin Valley, a rapidly expanding economic area for high-tech business and agricultural firms. The 75,000 square foot CART facility, designed as a high performance business atmosphere, is organized around four career clusters. They are Professional Sciences, Engineering, Advanced Communications, and Global Economics. Within each cluster are several career-specific laboratories in which students complete industry-based projects and receive academic credit for advanced English, science, math, and technology.
CART provides a state-of-the-art research and technology facility where students design and complete projects in collaboration with partners from the local, national, and international business community. Through learning plans, individualized attention, and a coordinated sequence of projects, CART students explore the variety of ways they can achieve their career goals. Working with business partners, teachers, and parents, students design a program of study that qualifies them to pursue the post-secondary path of their choice from entry-level positions to industry certification to university admission. With the knowledge, skills, and support they receive, students leave CART ready to launch their careers.
Seth Chambers joined the CART teaching staff in September 2007 as an industry member with experience in the world of television and broadcast. He was drawn to this school specifically because of its diverse population, which included students from 15 schools across the Fresno and Clovis communities. Seth teaches Digital Video Production and Broadcasting, in the Multimedia lab, which is part of the Advanced Communications sector. He is one of three teaching partners who work together to implement four distinct subject matters (English, technology, video production, and graphic design) into a coherent integrated curriculum.
Seth’s background in Premiere Pro led to the adoption of the Adobe production products as an editing solution. In addition to its robust features, the value of the suite’s supporting applications made the decision straightforward and in and of itself directed the curriculum that students continue to follow as part of the CART design concept. As adoption of the Adobe software solutions has grown, the students of CART high school now find themselves being trained on the industry’s most used and most adopted NLE.
The Adobe production products brought together an NLE, compositor, audio manipulation software and DVD authoring into a single, well-integrated suite. Using these applications (Premiere Pro, After Effects, SoundBooth and Encore), students worked to create projects that meet a variety of production needs ranging from PSA, documentary, educational media and short film. The intent behind these integrated projects was to expose students to the variety of industry careers and skill-sets that are applicable in the production-related industries (cinematography, editing, compositing, color timing, script writing, delivery, etc.). As the Adobe set of solutions has continued to grow and develop, so too have the students’ projects and their integration into the suite as they now work in Prelude, Audition, Story and Maxon’s Cinema 4D as part of their student work.
The CART Vision is to create an environment where the students learn to use their mind well, to apply what they have learned in school to life long endeavors, to be technologically literate, and to develop the skills and self confidence to succeed in a globally competitive workforce. The end result of the CART design principles and use of the Adobe Creative Cloud in the Multimedia lab is that students are given real-world projects that reflect the broad spectrum of television, motion picture, and corporate productions. By learning how to work in teams with peers from a variety of backgrounds, students also learn the importance of communication, artistic expression, workflow hierarchies and project management.
Links for student work happening at CART:
A 4D Experience: https://vimeo.com/95911185
The Gift: https://vimeo.com/95553186
The Catalyst: https://vimeo.com/90165671
Les Animaux, Learning French Basics: Pets: https://vimeo.com/96124445
The Hidden Reality: https://vimeo.com/41852835
White Collar: https://vimeo.com/41856978
World of Color: https://vimeo.com/91627240