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"For years now I've tried to culture my love for learning and teaching, and serving has been a great exercise for this passion. The leadership and mission of Citizen Schools seem to recognize the impact one dedicated individual can have on young lives, and the communities they live in."

NVBOTS & Citizen Schools Partnership Continues as Joseph A. Browne School Welcomes NVPro 3D Printer

I first took notice of NVBOTS and their lineup of 3D printers a couple of years ago as they entered the educational arena, ready to offer accessibility to students everywhere, beginning with their donation of an NVPro toCitizen Schools, a nonprofit organization. Since, NVBOTS has gone on to receive significant seed funding andSeries A financing, offer a 3D printing workshop for Scouts, as well as taking on commercial metal 3D printing. As their momentum keeps rolling, they’re staying focused on keeping current relationships strong too, and that includes Citizen Schools, as NVBOTS announces they will be expanding the 3D printing program partnership.

With 3D printers already in several other schools, now the NVBOTS NVPro will be finding a home at theJoseph A. Browne School which educates students from grades five through eight in Chelsea, MA. This will serve as a further extension in the partnership between the 3D printer manufacturer and the nonprofit organization as they continue an ongoing relationship in promoting 3D technology which began in 2013. Their goal together has been to give underprivileged students exposure to 3D printing and accompanying curricula and also to give them a chance to participate in the Citizen School Apprenticeship program, where they can learn hands-on.

“NVBOTS has always been passionate about inspiring students to turn their dreams into realities through 3D Printing,” said Chris Haid, NVBOTS director of operations and product management. “Our partnership with Citizen Schools is one grounded in inspiring students to learn through hands-on, experiential learning that teaches them to think differently – with confidence – and apply that way of thinking to other aspects of their life. We are proud of our growing partnership with Citizen Schools, as we give students the opportunity to innovate in ways they never imagined.”

citizen-schools-logoThroughout the years, NVBOTS has been able to create a classroom experience for students that ingrains STEM learning as they learn about design and engineering in a hands-on environment, creating products that actually make a difference. Their NVLibrary lesson plans offer introductory modules, including one that teaches students how to make 3D printed prosthetics. Their curriculum has even been used for students as young as the fourth-grade level, allowing them to learn about the technology and truly apply it to realistic issues we face in the world today.

NVBOTS has been recognized as a Top 10 Most Innovative Company in Education by Fast Company for their efforts. Students are given greater confidence as they learn new skills, as well as discovering strong new interests in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) subject areas—and seeing how challenging and fun the projects can be. Through working with NVBOTS, students truly are improving in their work, with student efficacy rates increasing, and deviation in classroom scores shrinking. In surveys given to students by the Citizen Schools organization, they noted that they had much more confidence in problem solving and felt better about their skill sets.nvpro

“NVBOTS has been a partner genuinely making a difference since day one,” said Megan Bird, executive director of Citizen Schools Massachusetts. “Not only have they donated 3D printers, curriculum and their time on a regular basis, they are inspiring our students to learn about technology, teamwork and leadership in a way that will stay with them throughout their life. This is why NVBOTS team members are consistently awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award and other accolades.”

The NVPro, while user-friendly and allowing students and teachers to print jobs from anywhere at anytime, is also the first end-to-end 3D printing system that features automated part removal—a huge benefit as it saves so much time and hassle, and also means there is no need for an onsite operator. Meant for the educational system, the NVPro offers reliability, accessibility, and simplicity in use for schools. Find out morehere about the ongoing work between NVBOTS and Citizen Schools, as well as reading the accompanying case study. You can also follow NVBOTS on Twitter @NVBOTS as well as at LinkedIn.

Chelsea Public Schools Annual Back To School Celebration

The Chelsea Public Schools held its annual Back to School Celebration on Thursday, Aug. 25, with thousands of students and families reporting to the Williams School for an afternoon of fun and free school supplies. Students met administrators and were introduced to after-school activities - not to mention getting hot dogs and time in the bounce house. In addition, Kronos Company and Citizens Schools combined efforts to give away some 800 new backpacks to young people who attended.

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Citizen Schools Helps Chelsea Students with Donated Backpacks

Students from Chelsea public schools, including those that participate in Citizen Schools’ Expanded Learning Time, will kick off the new school year with 900 donated backpacks full of pencils, notebooks, rulers, and more. Citizen Schools, an organization that empowers public middle schools in low-income communities with longer learning days, received the backpacks filled with supplies as a donation from Kronos Incorporated, Mass.-based global leader in workforce management solutions.

Citizen Schools Receives All Points North Foundation Grant to Fund Programming at Browne School

Citizen Schools is pleased to announce it has received a one-year grant from All Points North Foundation (APNF), a small, private foundation based in Boston, to support Citizen Schools’ growth to serve more students at the Joseph Browne Middle School in Chelsea, Massachusetts in the 2016-2017 school year. The $60,000 grant is the first APNF has provided to Citizen Schools – a national nonprofit focused on enriching the education of middle school students in six states through Expanded Learning Time (ELT) programs held during after school hours.

“Citizen Schools is deeply appreciative of this investment from All Points North Foundation,” said Megan Bird, executive director Massachusetts. “APNF’s focus on meaningful invention in the middle grades is directly aligned with Citizen Schools’ work to drive student impact through hands-on, project-based learning in under-served public middle schools.”

“All Points North Foundation is excited to fund Citizen Schools’ apprenticeship program for the entire 7th grade at the Browne Middle School in the 2016-2017 school year,” said Laura Staich, executive director at APNF. “We aim to help close the achievement gap for low-income middle school students in high-need communities like Chelsea, by providing them with access, experiences, and support that will prepare them for success in high school, college, and future careers.”

This new grant will help Citizen Schools continue to grow its apprenticeship program in Chelsea to serve more than 150 students at the Joseph Browne School – the entire 7th grade. Next year, in close partnership with the Chelsea Public School District and Superintendent Mary Bourque, Citizen Schools will serve all students in at the Browne School, and will serve the entire 5th and 6th grade at the Eugene Wright Science and Technology Academy, which amounts to over half of all middle school students in the city. Additionally, Citizen Schools aims to serve all middle school students in Chelsea by 2020.

About Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. Citizen Schools mobilizes a team of AmeriCorps educators and volunteer “Citizen Teachers” to teach real-world learning projects and provide academic support in order to help all students discover and achieve their dreams. For more information, please visit http://www.citizenschools.org/

About All Points North Foundation

Established in 2011 in Boston, Mass., All Points North Foundation (APNF) is a small, private foundation that supports two distinctpriorities in the United States: evidence-based programs that measurably improve public middle school education and teacher training, and projects that promote solar energy awareness and implementation. APNF is dedicated to navigating communities upward. For more information, visit http://www.allpointsnorthfoundation.org.

Citizen Schools Receives All Points North Foundation Grant to Fund Programming at Browne School

Citizen Schools is pleased to announce it has received a one-year grant from All Points North Foundation (APNF), a small, private foundation based in Boston, to support Citizen Schools’ growth to serve more students at the Joseph Browne Middle School in Chelsea, Massachusetts in the 2016-2017 school year. The $60,000 grant is the first APNF has provided to Citizen Schools - a national nonprofit focused on enriching the education of middle school students in six states through Expanded Learning Time (ELT) programs held during after school hours. “Citizen Schools is deeply appreciative of this investment from All Points North Foundation,” said Megan Bird, executive director Massachusetts. “APNF’s focus on meaningful invention in the middle grades is directly aligned with Citizen Schools’ work to drive student impact through hands-on, project-based learning in under-served public middle schools.”

“All Points North Foundation is excited to fund Citizen Schools’ apprenticeship program for the entire 7th grade at the Browne Middle School in the 2016-2017 school year,” said Laura Staich, executive director at APNF. “We aim to help close the achievement gap for low-income middle school students in high-need communities like Chelsea, by providing them with access, experiences, and support that will prepare them for success in high school, college, and future careers.”

This new grant will help Citizen Schools continue to grow its apprenticeship program in Chelsea to serve more than 150 students at the Joseph Browne School - the entire 7th grade. Next year, in close partnership with the Chelsea Public School District and Superintendent Mary Bourque, Citizen Schools will serve all students in at the Browne School, and will serve the entire 5th and 6th grade at the Eugene Wright Science and Technology Academy, which amounts to over half of all middle school students in the city. Additionally, Citizen Schools aims to serve all middle school students in Chelsea by 2020.

Media Contact: Whitney Buckley whitneybuckley@citizenschools.org | 617-699-1373

About Citizen Schools Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. Citizen Schools mobilizes a team of AmeriCorps educators and volunteer “Citizen Teachers” to teach real-world learning projects and provide academic support in order to help all students discover and achieve their dreams. For more information, please visit http://www.citizenschools.org/

About All Points North Foundation Established in 2011 in Boston, Mass., All Points North Foundation (APNF) is a small, private foundation that supports two distinct priorities in the United States: evidence-based programs that measurably improve public middle school education and teacher training, and projects that promote solar energy awareness and implementation. APNF is dedicated to navigating communities upward. For more information, visit http://www.allpointsnorthfoundation.org