The classes for the 2018-2019 school year are now in session! Volunteers in the months of August and September journeyed to low-income schools near them, meeting with principals to propose bringing after-school science classes to the schools.
After recruiting students through assemblies, fliers, and announcements, the volunteers are now teaching at more than 10 low-income schools in Sacramento,
San Jose, Hayward, San Diego, and Chicago.
Jacklyn Gonzales, a fourth grader at Dorsa Elementary says she was inspired to join classes after her older sister began sharing stories of the experiments she got to do by coming to class every Thursday. "I really wanted to be in fourth grade so then I could come to Science For Future class!"
In the first three weeks of class, students have begun learning about the process of science and have observed experiments. In the following weeks, they will get a chance to begin designing their own ecology experiments!
Smaller-sized classes have not been the only change in Science For Future. This year, SFF revamped its curriculum, making it more engaging and structured to complement the project-based curriculum adopted by many partner schools. We have also included a Science Fair to our agenda, allowing students to work on and present topics of their own choice.
SFF's new curriculum tries to weave these lessons and facts into larger ideas that are present in its own curriculum. Volunteers say they are very happy with the outcome!
SCHOOL YEAR UPDATES
Illinois Schools -
Fairhaven Elementary School, Mundelein, IL
John S. Clark Elementary School, Waukegan, IL
Gavin Central School, Ingleside, IL
Village Elementary School, Round Lake, IL
St. Anastasia School, Waukegan, IL
California Schools -
Galarza Elementary School, San Jose, CA
Empire Gardens Elementary, San Jose, CA
White Rock Elementary School, Rancho Cordova, CA here.
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