Bay Area Technology School (BayTech) is a high-performing public charter school focused on STEM. The school has partnered with thinkLaw to ensure students develop the soft-skills necessary to thrive in innovative environments through design thinking.
Matthew Wienclawski, Bay Area Technology School’s assistant principal, says that “Our students are able to think analytically and reflect critically about real court cases. The litigated situations are a catalyst for deep discussion and debate. Students are introduced to multiple perspectives while simultaneously learning how to make concise arguments. thinkLaw has proven to be an effective instructional tool for engagement.”
Steadfast problem-solving habits coupled with developing a flexible mindset in solving hypothetical, real-life problems is paramount to being successful in STEM-related careers. Being able to apply the habits and mindsets while students are in a secondary environment will help them be more prepared in college and the workplace. thinkLaw CEO/Founder Colin Seale knows this first-hand and says, “As a Computer Science major at Syracuse University, I was obsessed with always finding the right answer to something. It wasn’t until law school where I learned how to be more comfortable with approaching problem-solving through design thinking. Not only did I become more comfortable in this gray space; I thrived off of it and this skill set truly is necessary for all career paths and life.”
Bay Area Technology School is a public charter school based in Oakland, California and serves approximately 300 students in grades 6-12. Bay Tech’s primary focus is to prepare its diverse student body to be successful in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and be “self-motivated, life-long learners equipped with communication and presentation skills indispensable for the technology-oriented global environment of the 21st century.”
thinkLaw is excited to continue to work with Bay Area Technology School as part of our vision to create a world where critical thinking is no longer a luxury good!