Program Profile: Citizen Schools Connects Middle School Students with Local Professionals
Drawing professionals, community mentors, and college students into middle school classrooms to serve as mentors, Citizen Schools offers students opportunities to engage in hands-on learning experiences led by local experts.
Through its apprenticeships program, Citizen Schools helps students learn new skills and develop awareness of new careers by facilitating meaningful connections with Citizen Teachers, offering an alternative to traditional classroom learning.
“Our mission is to extend the school day and provide students with real world opportunities that will lead them to success in college and careers,” says Henry McCorkle, Citizen Schools Campus Director at the Orchard Gardens K-8 School. “We are really providing them with opportunities that they might not get during the school day.”
Latino STEM Alliance Visits the BROAD Institute
On November 22nd, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard hosted twenty-eight students from the Latino STEM Alliance, offering them opportunities to learn about DNA and gene editing and meet real researchers working on cutting edge projects.
During the visit, volunteer researchers led students through an accessible hands-on activity that reinforced how genes are expressed as traits, and provided time for students to ask questions about the paths they took to become scientists.
The event, planned by United Way BoSTEM team members in collaboration with the Latino STEM Alliance, gave students a glimpse into the life and work of scientists driving our understanding of genetics and developing life changing technologies.
Resource Spotlight: Teach Engineering
Teach Engineering is an extensive online collection of Next Generation Science Standards aligned STEM activities and curriculum. Each lesson plan includes corresponding materials, procedures, and relevant worksheets. On the site you can browse by grade level, subject area, and time required to complete the activity.
Partner Events and Announcements
MathPOWER Job Opening
MathPOWER is currently seeking a Math*STARS Site Director to manage its afterschool program at the Curley School in Jamaica Plain. Click here for more info
Lena Park CDC Job Opening
Lena Park Community Development Corporation is currently seeking a part-time Fab Lab Coordinator. Click here for more info
Computer Science Education Week
During the week of December 5th-11th, join educators worldwide in celebrating Computer Science Education Week. Click here to learn more
Museum of Science Computer Science Education Weekend
On December 10th and 11th, join the Museum of Science as it celebrates Computer Science Week by hosting a variety of educational hands-on activities and do-it-yourself-projects for both students and adults. Click here to purchase tickets
Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership Statewide STEM Survey
The Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership (MAP) is gathering data about the various STEM afterschool programs in Massachusetts in order to gain a more complete picture of informal STEM in Massachusetts. Click here to take the survey
Citizen Schools WOW! Showcases
During the week of December 12th, check out Citizen Schools Boston WOW! Showcases. All year, students at middle schools around Boston have been working with Citizen Teachers to learn science, web-design, cooking, and much more. Now it’s their turn to teach you! Click here for more info