We are an urban school in Oakland with one of the highest free and reduced price lunch percentages and chronic attendance problems in the district. My students often have transient housing caused by the changing housing market of a rapidly gentrifying Oakland. Despite these challenges, my students are vibrant, inquisitive scholars.
One of the biggest challenges of teaching students who live in traumatic situations without sufficient stimuli is to help them connect classroom learning to real-life situations; this project aims to do just that.
Please help make this trip possible for my kids!
Museum of San Jose has an engaging array of colorful, hands on science and technology investigations. My students will be intrigued and challenged to discover what makes each of these stations work. My students will also receive a well designed STEM class helping them engineer roller coasters.
Currently my students are not able to access higher levels of technology due to funding.
Neil deGrasse Tyson once explained that for Americans to create the next generation of great scientists we need to be more comfortable with our kids breaking things and making a mess. A small child pulling all of the pots and pans out and banging on them are the earliest form of sound exploration. Our children need hands-on problem solving to make science real. I am hoping that exposing my students to science exploration can help produce the next Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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