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Summer STEAM Academy 2019 at Trinity School, New Rochelle

Summer STEAM Students Enjoy Projects, Learning

 

At first, the hot air balloons lifted just a few feet off the propane furnace in the far corner of the Trinity Elementary School grounds. But with a couple of tweaks, the students in the Summer STEAM Academy improved their design; and soon, and the colorful tissue-paper spheres lifted to the tree tops.

 

"When something happens that you don't expect, try and do it a different way," said student Rejan Paracha, who finished fifth grade at Columbus Elementary School in June.

There could hardly have been a better engineering lesson for the students who chose to be in the summer program honing their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. If things don't go as planned, that doesn't mean you failed.

"You just found a way that didn't work on your way to finding out what does work," said Diane Delgado, who coordinates the five-week academy with fellow teacher Ann Marie Manganiello (both Wipro Science Education Fellows from Mercy College)

The balloon lift Monday was a project of the two upper classes, with students who will enter fifth or sixth grade in September. In all, the program is teaching about 150 students from the Trinity, Columbus and Jefferson elementary schools and the Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center. The youngest are about to enter first grade.

Their projects included solar-powered cars, rockets propelled by jolts of air and more. On a visit to the New Rochelle High School planetarium, they named constellations in the night sky. They took a nature walk and gathered treasures from the ground - chunks of wood, rocks, a sprig of leaves - that they built into habitat dioramas in cardboard boxes.

 

They made friends with a mini-menagerie brought by a naturalist from The Nature of Things, an educational center in North Salem. The creatures included a red-tail boa, a bearded dragon and an Arizona blond tarantula.

"My favorite was the chinchilla," said Nya Mejia, who is about to enter first grade at Trinity. "It's so cute!"

 

The program is supported by Title I ESSA funds, a federal program that promotes literacy.  "The STEAM Academy is an effective springboard for enriching students' literary skills by connecting written materials with real, hands-on science and engineering and enhancing their critical thinking skills," said Tiara Reyes-Vega, Director of Instructional Support.

 

The balloon lift was led by teachers Scott Misner and Ron Schoenherr (Wipro Science Education Fellows), who operated the small furnace. Trinity students Elisse Tomlinson, Sameen Choundhary and Ricardo Mendoza created one of the balloons that didn't lift very high on the first shot. When they widened the opening so that it could lift more easily off the furnace's frame, it became airborne.  "It just took off and it went super high," said Choundhary, who will enter sixth grade in September.

Programs for Families

Saturday STEM Academy  Fun STEM skills classes for K-12 students, taught by distinguished STEM educators.

 

FLORES (Family Learning and Outreach for Research and Education in STEM) - Science Discovery Nights for Parents and Elementary students.    

 

M3C Young Scholars Program Mathematical modeling summer program for academically gifted and minority high-school students.

Programs for Teachers and School Districts
Member Spotlight
Vincent Dougherty named as Co-Director of Staff Development Center, White Plains Public Schools

September 2019: Vincent Dougherty will work with the District Staff Development team and the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction to build a cadre of teacher leaders in the district and to organize and coordinate Professional Development courses for K-12 White Plains teachers.

Vincent is a White Plains High School Chemistry teacher, and a Wipro Science Education Fellow.

Member Spotlight
Carmen King appointed as Science Content Advisory Panel (SCAP) member for the 2019-2020 school year!

Wipro Science Education Fellow Carmen King, of the White Plains Public Schools, has been selected for SCAP.  The Science Content Advisory Panel (SCAP) serves to support part of the Board of Regents’ Reform Agenda. The panel will “advise the New York State Education Department (NYSED) on the revision and implementation of New York State Learning Standards, and on the rigor and design of P-12 curriculum and assessments.”

Members of the SCAP are NYS P-12 teachers, administrators, curriculum and assessment specialists, and higher education representatives. They are charged with the task of providing written and verbal feedback to the Department regarding suggested resources, policies, and implementation strategies. Panelists act as a liaison between NYSED and their school or organization. As ambassadors of the planning work, they are key to the dissemination of timely information to local district educators, parents, students, and other key stakeholders.

NSF Master Teacher Fellows in STEM

New in 2018!

Wipro Science Education Fellowship Program  Becoming teacher leaders in Science Education in their home school district.

MISTI NOYCE Scholar Program Training Mercy undergraduates to be math and science teachers in high-needs districts.

 

MeirPro:   Veterans to Math Teachers    Currently Recruiting for May 2019

Mercy College has been awarded a major grant of just over 1.16 million dollars from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Teacher Scholarship Program.  The grant is for a project to advance mathematics education, with a particular emphasis on United States Military Veterans retraining for new careers as secondary mathematics teachers.

 

The funding from the National Science Foundation is earmarked for ten Veterans to complete a Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education – TUITION FREE!!

K-12 STEM Teacher Conference, May 20, 2019 is now over. Look for our annual conference next Spring! To see photographs and full information on the presentations and research posters, click on flyer below

 

 

 

Research and Conference Presentations

Two people in elegant shirts brainstorming over a sheet of paper near two laptops

CSE Research and Conference Presentations Furthering research in science education by Wipro Fellows and the CSE team