Y.U.R. Web Design

web design

During this apprenticeship students will learn about Web 2.0 and Social Networks. More specifically, students will learn what it takes to build an online community as well as the design features that include how attract peers an online community. In doing so, students will build a simple website and learn how to add features like games, blogs, surveys, chat forums, pictures and more to a site.

Your Financial Future

financial future

The Your Financial Future apprenticeship was created through the collaboration volunteer Citizen Teachers with Bank of America and Citizen Schools. In the apprenticeship, students will learn to speak the language of personal finance in this apprenticeship. They will build an understanding of financial planning and decision making by engaging in tasks in preparation for the WOW! where they will advise three clients on how to develop a financial plan. Along the way they will learn strategies on how to spend and save from financial pros.

Yoga: Go With the Flow


In this apprenticeship, students will learn how to teach and practice yoga. They will learn basic anatomy, poses, flows & teaching techniques, as well as the benefits of practice for mental and physical health. Through practical experience, writing reflection and discussion, students will gain an understanding about how practicing yoga can enhance their individual lives. Through modeling, lessons, and meeting with an expert yoga teacher, students will learn how to teach yoga and to share this understanding with others. By the end of the apprenticeship, students will be able to teach others an introductory yoga class and answer questions on the benefits of yoga.

Time to Invent

time to invent

During this apprenticeship, students will learn about the Design Process.  Each lesson will focus on a specific step in the Design Process and will provide students with an opportunity to implement that step.  Throughout the apprenticeship, students will meet fictional clients who have hired them to solve various different problems using the Design Process.  By the end of the apprenticeship, students will be able to independently use the Design Process to generate original ideas and build a product that suits a specific purpose.  The apprenticeship will culminate with students working in pairs to independently implement the Design Process to solve a problem for a fictional WOW! client.  Working with the Design Process will give students the tools to approach problems they encounter both in the classroom and in their daily lives.

Tech Challenge

tech challenge

This unit will guide students and teaching fellows through the process of competing in the Tech Challenge, a design competition hosted by the Tech Museum in San Jose, California every spring. This unit will cover the ~2 months leading up to the challenge, the week of the challenge and two weeks following the challenge for reflection and preparation for a campus WOW! Showcase

Solar Cars

solar cars

In this apprenticeship students will engage in the engineering process to design, build, test, and revise a solar car according to the specifications set forth by the Junior Solar Sprint (JSS). Students will work in teams to apply their knowledge of solar power, vehicle mechanics, mathematics, and engineering to several iterations of a car design. Each iteration will be improved by rigorous testing and redesigned based on data. By the end of the apprenticeship students will be qualified to compete in the JSS. Some students may actually be able to compete in the JSS while others will compete against each other on campus.

Shark Tank

shark tank

This apprenticeship gives students the chance not to take the world as it comes, but make it the way they wish it would be. They will begin to see every aspect of a business not as a “given” but as a choice that the owner made, which they will be equipped to improve on. With the guidance of local business owners, they will learn how to settle upon a successful business idea, create a brand, devise marketing strategies, plan their budget to make a profit, and make a formal presentation to loan officers to “apply” for their start-up loan. Through structured group work, this class builds investment and ownership in shared ideas.

Share Your Story: Documentary Film


In this curriculum student’s stories take center stage in documentary films based on their own passions and issues. While learning technology skills for filming and basic film editing to propose solutions to a problem in their community. The opportunity to share a persuasive film rooted in their own experience. To gather footage and understand the core of the problem they choose, students gather comments and reactions from adults. Filmmaking builds student’s voice and confidence to be advocates for themselves and their communities as leaders and effective team members.

Secrets of a Millionaire


“A big part of financial freedom is having your heart and mind free from worry about the what-ifs of life.” - Suze Orman.

Yet how can our students experience this freedom from worry when they do not know the basics of how to manage their finances? This apprenticeship teaches the basic terminology and financial management skills critical for students’ development into responsible, money savvy adults. Although this apprenticeship is all about money, students will learn that money is the means to an end not the goal in and of itself. By knowing how to better manage their money, students will be happier and worry less. Through the applied knowledge of budgeting, saving, interest and more, students will be empowered to assist a real client with his/her individualized financial plan at the WOW! and to make smart financial decisions themselves for years to come.



Robotics is a rapidly growing field in computer science. This apprenticeship teaches basic robot design to middle school students. Through applied knowledge of computer programming (NXT), research and design, developed problem-solving skills, and intense collaboration with team members, students construct their own basic robots. They also learn to demonstrate knowledge of how and why such robots operate the way they do. Included in this curriculum are explicit connections to career options and educational experiences necessary to fulfilling a career in robotics design.

Pencil Code

pencil code

Pencil Code is an exciting apprenticeship where students learn how to create simple computer programs--via Pencil Code--along with the beginnings of CSS and HTML. Students explore coding from the perspective of an artist, engineer, and designer. Each lesson is workshop-based, where students complete tasks outlined on cards, building understanding along the way of how to use, manipulate, and master various programming commands. Students create outlined projects and design unique innovations to the projects along the way. Each student creates a WOW! Portfolio of his or her work. Each portfolio features a project demonstrating various skills and showcases a final project of the student’s design that highlights his/ her skills, interests, and creativity.

One Hen Academy

one hen

Students in this apprenticeship form business teams, develop products, market their businesses, sell their products, calculate their business costs, revenue, and profit, and donate a percentage of their business profits to a charity of their choice. Through these activities, students learn how they can earn and use money to help those in need in their communities and around the world. This apprenticeship is based on One Hen Academy from One Hen, Inc. -- an enrichment program which evolved from the award-winning children’s book One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway. One Hen Academy students are empowered as financially literate and socially consciousness global citizens, equipped to lead professional productive lives and inspired to help people in need.

Mock Trial

mock trial

This apprenticeship combines an exploration of our legal system with skill-building in communication. Students will learn about the core elements of a trial from the perspectives of lawyers, judges, bailiffs, and witnesses and then will practice communicating in a courtroom through a Mock Trial that they lead. The first few lessons expose students to legal concepts, vocabulary, and opportunities to practice communicating through a variety of roles in a trial. Then the apprenticeship shifts into preparation for a Mock Trial where students will analyze a specific case, select roles to play in the trial, and develop persuasive presentations of their role. After participating in that Mock Trial in an actual courtroom in Week 8, students will reflect on that experience and prepare presentations for their WOW!. This will include an explanation and analysis of the Mock Trial they led as well as an interactive presentation on our legal system that allows students to become teachers for their community: sharing information about how to navigate trials and courts and then quizzing the audience.

This apprenticeship embeds communication skill-building -- which is essential for college and a variety of careers -- within content about our court system. In an age where the U. S. criminal justice system imprisons more American citizens than any other point in human history, the framing around a Mock Trial allows students to engage with a topic that is relevant, high stakes, and interesting to many students.