At Sequoia Middle School in Redding, students working closely together to solve real-world problems is slowly becoming the norm.
"Kids learn more from their experiences than just from a textbook," said Matt Van Dixon, a teacher at Sequoia.
Van Dixon is one of the teachers spearheading what is known as the STEM Program, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
The program is meant to enhance the existing core curriculum, and expose students to technology-based topics they normally wouldn't learn about in school.
Teachers hope this will help students down the line.
"Providing these opportunities is providing better-equipped students for our current work force. Over 60% of our jobs today are STEM-based," said Van Dixon.