Junior High students and teachers visited the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley in December. They explored the museum and went to workshops on electricity, animal adaptations and dissecting a squid.
The Latino Family Literacy Project is a nation-wide program designed to bring literacy and knowledge into the home of Spanish-speaking families with children from toddlers through high school. The College Awareness & Skills series is an effective, interactive parent-child program designed to build early college awareness by exploring the cultural and familial situations that arise within Latino families. Families engaged in 4 sessions over the course of 4 weeks, which included visits from Napa Valley College, Ms. Surber (College & Career Coordinator), and Mrs. Craig-Morales.
The Project was facilitated by Guadalupe Maldonado from the UpValley Family Centers. Born in Michoacan, Mexico, Lupe came to the United States as an infant. She graduated from Calistoga Junior -Senior High School and went on to graduate from Sonoma State University with a degree in Sociology.
Parent comment on evaluation:
“The class gave us a lot of information, and it helped us become closer to the teachers and counselors. We realize now there is a lot of help.”
Student comment on evaluation:
“The class helped me because Graciela (from the story “Graciela’s Dream”) gave me an example of how I can go speak to the school counselor, how I can apply for a university, and how I can begin the process.”
Calistoga High School’s two science teachers, Ms. Swarner and Ms. Brooks, brought the students from our new Biotechnology class to STEM day at Medtronic in Santa Rosa.
First on the agenda was a presentation by a Medtronic engineer about STEM careers, future out look, pay and types of degrees and careers within the STEM field. After this, the students were broken into small groups and rotated through each of the following groups while participating in demonstrations and Q&A sessions with engineers and scientists: coronary stents, aortic stents, renal denervation and heart valves.
Next, they toured labs within the facility including the Chemistry lab, 3D printing lab, Materials Lab and a room where students dissected a heart with scientists. In the Chemistry lab, they had the opportunity to participate in a analysis of caffeine, used their math skills to assist with samples that were ran through a high pressure liquid chromatography, next they visited the 3D printing lab and they saw large scale models of stents that were being produced and being used in marketing and advertising. The third stop was the Materials Lab and they learned about metallurgy, alloys and participated in a demonstration that showed the memory of metals used in the stents. The last lab experience was dissecting a pig heart with scientists and learning about parts, function and pathologies of the heart.
The day concluded with Medtronic’s providing a lunch where they had an informal Q&A. Their host Renee Lawson, introduced the high school internship program and encouraged all students to apply!