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  • Lighthouse Community Charter School
  • Oakland, CA
  • More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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I work with amazing 11th and 12th grade students from a high-need community who are attending our small community based charter school. Over a period of two years I teach them Chemistry and Physics, and they have an option to take Robotics. Our school's primary mission is to help all of our students successfully graduate from college; for most of our students they will be the first in their family to attend college. Our robotics and science curricula are designed not just to get our students into college, but to make sure they are successful in college as well. We do this by giving students the opportunity to complete multiple independent projects (experiments in science and design projects in robotics) where they will learn skills that they will use throughout life. Finally, students tend to pursue careers with which they have experience. The robotics program we offer exposes students to technical and engineering careers which they may not have considered as a career choice.

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I work with amazing 11th and 12th grade students from a high-need community who are attending our small community based charter school. Over a period of two years I teach them Chemistry and Physics, and they have an option to take Robotics. Our school's primary mission is to help all of our students successfully graduate from college; for most of our students they will be the first in their family to attend college. Our robotics and science curricula are designed not just to get our students into college, but to make sure they are successful in college as well. We do this by giving students the opportunity to complete multiple independent projects (experiments in science and design projects in robotics) where they will learn skills that they will use throughout life. Finally, students tend to pursue careers with which they have experience. The robotics program we offer exposes students to technical and engineering careers which they may not have considered as a career choice.

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