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Do you think you know more than a 6th grader about math? Don’t be so sure, thanks to Google volunteers who are teaching middle school students how to stump the professionals. Once a week for ten weeks Bob Cassels and Nick Minutillo took time out of their day to inspire students to love math. We sat down with them to talk about their experience in the classroom…
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Citizen Schools California is hosting the STEM WOW! event at the office of EMC Corporation in Santa Clara, California on Tuesday, May 21. Guests will enjoy an inspiring evening of presentations from some of the best and brightest students in California.
Here’s a sneak peek at what the students will be presenting…
1. Tech Challenge
Tech Challenge is our spotlight apprenticeship at the STEM WOW! event. In partnership with EMC, RAFT and the San Jose Tech Museum, this apprenticeship was taught at four schools this semester. Students experienced a real “WOW moment” on the day of the Tech Challenge competition when they were tasked with a mission to launch an egg onto an asteroid. The team displayed exceptional knowledge of design thinking and beamed with pride when they received their Tech Challenge participation medals. Find out more about the Tech Challenge apprenticeship here.
2. Amazing Mazes
Students learn how to build complex mazes, explore how they are programmed, and come up with different ways to solve them. One volunteer said, “In one lesson I was trying to teach an important but abstract math and programming concept. As it turns out, one 7th grade girl in class really got it. I’m not sure who was more pleased, me, because I was able to teach, or she, because she was able to learn!”
3. What is a Computer, Really?
Students learn the ins and outs of a computer and how technology impacts their lives. Citizen Teacher from Cognizant said, “Nothing like teaching kids! It is ‘Give and Take’, you teach and you learn with them. Thanks to Citizen Schools and Campbell for giving this opportunity and experience to us.”
4. Women in Business
The Women’s Leadership Pillar at Cisco is inspiring girls to pursue careers in science, technology, marketing and more! When asked what she wants to do when she’s older, one student responded, “I want to work for Cisco!” Check out this blog post to learn more about the Women in Business apprenticeship.
5. Adventures in the Atmosphere
In this apprenticeship students are learning about the different facets of the atmosphere, including pressure, sound and space. The students are so engaged that they often ask for the websites used in class so they can explore them on their own at home. An 8th grade science teacher at Campbell Middle School came to visit the apprenticeship and left saying how impressed she was with their engagement.
6. There’s an App for That
Students are learning how to design their own mobile phone applications. One student even surprised everyone by using a YouTube tutorial to create an App that solves equations using the quadratic formula!
Standford University engineering students are teaching kids to build and program their own robots. One shy student broke out of her shell in this apprenticeship class, taking on a leadership role in the class.
Led by volunteers from Google, students are learning how to create their own video games using the Bootstrap programming code.
9. Ice Cream, You Scream
Everybody loves ice cream and these kids are applying the Scientific Method to create their own ice cream flavors. They are applying food science in in real world scenario by learning how to market their ice cream brand.
Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy an evening of networking with some of the biggest companies in technology, as well as the next generation of scientists, engineers and technology experts. Register today!
- 10 days ago
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Amanda Worrell is a second year Teaching Fellow at De Vargas Middle School in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
It feels like only yesterday that I was interviewing for a position with the Citizen Schools National Teaching Fellowship at De Vargas Middle School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I cannot begin to describe the knots that consumed my stomach the first day I stepped into my classroom after summer training. This feeling seems like a distant memory after two years of intense professional and personal growth– working with supportive teammates, dedicated volunteers and of course, incredible students.
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A group of students from the Citizen Schools program at Fondren Middle School in Houston, Texas is getting ready to hit the stage. The kids of the “Music to My Ears” apprenticeship class lead by Houston hip-hop artist Matthew Gunther were selected to perform at the Texas Beacon of Light Love Speaks Concert.
The apprenticeship class registered for the Love Speaks contest which is designed to unite the youth of the Houston around a cause. The challenge was to write and produce an original song about showing love in the community. The apprenticeship students chose to sing about a cause near and dear to the hearts– stopping bullying at their school.
After composing, writing lyrics and filming a music video, the group was selected as one of the top three contestants. Their prize is to perform at the concert coming up on May 21, 2013. The kids will perform alongside popular local artists including Ramiro Garcia, a former American Idol Contestant.
Take a moment to cheer on these great kids by watching their video and sharing it with your network!
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After getting her Master’s in social work, Adriana Hernandez wanted to explore education reform and policy from within the classroom.
“I wanted to see an organization that worked in education reform, that was a successful organization that could serve as a model, and help me build a foundation for what I want to do when I grow up,” she says. “I really want to be a consultant or researcher, an analyst on education policy.”
The experience of being a Teaching Fellow at Dever-McCormack School in Boston has opened her eyes.
“It was great to get that opportunity to teach and to learn all the strategies behind teaching. I didn’t realize my teachers had plans when they were coming into to teach me when I was younger!”
The challenge has been daunting, but service has always been a core part of what she wanted from the experience. “We are in AmeriCorps, so we go above and beyond. We work a lot of hours. I’ve grown so much. I feel like whatever job I do next is going to be a piece of cake compared to what I did at Citizens Schools. To go that far in a year and a half is just awesome.”
Teach, serve, and grow with Adriana for the next two years–you’ll make a lifetime of difference.