"Students learn better and faster when they live the course." One of our learning community participants stated this and during the academy, it was the most true statement. Our learning community was full of over achievers and motivators and when we attended the institute, we didn't know what to expect. After we 'lived the course', it was the best experience of our lives. We had an awesome teacher and took thorough notes. Our near peer mentor was the best too. At first when we were unsure of what to do, he helped us a lot but after we got into the swing of things he backed off and let us learn for ourselves. Our teacher and our group both learned a lot and will use the knowledge we obtained for a long time because we learned better while we were living the course with hands on experiences. Link to school site