Calculate it! Student use their math skills to calculate Force versus Height at the Auto Club Speedway Math & Science Day.
Dr. Gary Thomas, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, and his staff are sincere and passionate about their commitment to involve parents, community members, along with business and civic leaders in efforts to address the achievement gaps and needs for a better prepared & educated work force.
There are a number of approaches and practices in place to address and/or minimize certain barriers via classroom contacts, but one element clearly stands out. Children will often respond to and bond with people outside their daily structure—when a significant role model or important person shares a message, they will often relate to and adopt that as important. Role models encourage a child's curiosity and allow them to think about what can become a reality for them in the future and inquire of these role models: "How did you become a doctor, police chief or businessman? Did you have to read and study?, etc."
Currently in its 9th year, the Reading Buddies Volunteer Program, is implemented to foster a relevant relationship between the role model and the student to encourage the importance of attaining high literacy and academic achievement. The program affords the role model an opportunity to stress that reading and learning is important now and that if they can read now, they will be successful and can master anything in the future.
If you are interested in joining the Reading Buddies Volunteer Program, contact us here and we'll get you started. Just a few hours of your time can inspire students for years to come.
Helping You and Your Students – In fall 2011, 20 local teachers received an Exploring Aquatic Ecosystems water curriculum kit as a gift made possible by John Elway's Crown Toyota of Ontario. Classes who received the curriculum are participating in a contest to win one of two visits from the The Mobile Learning Center (MLC) in spring, 2012.
MLC is a 1,000 square foot exhibit on wheels that travels directly to schools and includes science exhibits, computer models, and actual running rivers and rain. Crown Toyota will generously award visits to the two winning schools by the Wyland Clean Water MLC on Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11, 2012.
Make it Happen – For a detailed overview of the water curriculum kit, please click on http://oasdev.com/media/program_components.pdf or visit the Wyland Foundation's website at http://www.wylandfoundation.org/ --- select "Education" --- select "Clean Water Challenge" --- select "Program Components."
More than 500 middle school students from eight San Bernardino County school districts were inspired to put their mathematics and science skills to use at the second Mathematics & Science Day at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana March 25, 2011.
The all day student event included math and science labs on speed, acceleration, mass, force, and friction. Students had an opportunity to hear and learn from:
Students also watched the movie "NASCAR: The IMAX Experience" to learn more about the history and science of NASCAR racing. The event was led by the Auto Club Speedway, the Alliance for Education and the Science, Environmental Education and Service Learning Programs.
We would love to get your students involved in the Mathematics and Science Day, and the many other STEM related events led by the Alliance for Education. Contact us here and we will work to inspire your students through hands-on learning opportunities!
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The Alliance for Education – Calendar of Events
The Alliance for Education, through its ABLE program, brought four distinguished speakers to Yucaipa High School to teach students how mathematics applies to their future careers. The half day event filled with interactive presentations allowed students to learn about and be inspired by:
"Real world application of Algebra is not something our students are not regularly exposed to. ABLE Day gave our students an understanding of how mathematics can help you achieve a successful, high-paying — and fun! — career." Yucaipa Assistant Principal Christina Pierce
If you would like to speak and show how mathematics and science drive your career, we would love to have you participate in ABLE Day! Contact us here and we'll get you started. Just a few hours of your time can inspire students for years to come.