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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words May 20, 2015

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The excitement on the faces of the kindergarten students at ASPIRA’s Leadership and College Preparatory Academy is priceless! Students participated in hands-on activities investigating the physical properties of different types of materials.

Below the students are implementing math concepts such as classification. Although they may not always get it exactly right, it is wise to remember the words of Thomas Edison, "I did not fail. I’ve just found 10,000 ways it doesn’t work."

 

CHISPA Science Family Day at the California Science Center May 3, 2015

CHISPA Science Family Day at the California Science Center

On May 3rd 2015, 491 children and their families came to the California Science Center for a CHISPA Family Science Day. Families came from the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, Building Skills Partnership,New Economics for Women, Para Los Niños, Youth Policy Institute, Milagro Charter Elementary School, El Sol Science & Arts Academy.

A popular exhibit with the families was the Space Shuttle Endeavour. For many of them this was their first time seeing the shuttle up close and in person. They expressed awe and excitement of this engineering marvel and wondered how something so big could go back and forth to space 25 times. Many children said seeing the Endeavour inspired them to explore space in the future.

Another popular exhibit was the Touch Tank in Ecosystems. In this exhibit families were able to touch live sea stars and sea cucumbers. They also participated in a live interactive dive show with a diver in a kelp tank and learned about the environment and species off the coast of California.

Many of the children had been to the California Science Center before, but for many of the parents it was their first time here. They were surprised by many of the exhibits and asked just as many, if not more, questions than their children. It truly was a family learning experience.

In addition to the big exhibits, the California Science Center provided several hands-on activities and carts throughout the day. There was plenty of activity for the families and all had a great time.

One of the families from the Building Skills Partnerships was interviewed by a reporter from newspaper LaOpinión about their visit to the California Science Center. You can read the interview here.

 

CHISPA Science Family Day at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science April 19, 2015

CHISPA Science Family Day at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

On Sunday April 19, 2015, children and families from the ASPIRA Leadership and College Preparatory Academy participated in a CHISPA Family Day at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

Frost Science CHISPA Family Day Flyer

Frost Science CHISPA Family Day Agenda

Isabel Leeder, CHISPA Project Director, welcomes families to the Family Day event.

Julietta Riveron-Bello, Program Director, and Syrana Parker, Science Coordinator, learn about fossils during Family Day.

Children investigate sea stars in a Sea Lab touch tank .

 

 

DC Area CHISPA Steering Committee Meeting April 16, 2015

DC Area CHISPA Steering Committee Meeting

The second DC area CHISPA Steering Committee meeting was held on April 16, 2015. In attendance were Matthew Eisenstadt (ASPIRA), Luis Burgado (HOME), members from LAMB and LAYC, and Elio Cruz and Gail Robertson from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Attendees reviewed the feedback of the APEX Science curriculum and found that overall it has proven to work quite well for the CBOs. It was also well received by the parents and students.

Also discussed were dates for site visits that the Smithsonian is planning to the three CBOs mentioned above. The CHISPA Family Day event is planned for Sunday, June 7, 2015, which is World Ocean Day. The Family Day event will take place from 2-5 pm.

Attendees discussed an implementation plan for Y1/Y2 and scheduled some prospective dates for next year's Steering Committee Meetings, Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA training, and training for Afterschool Science Activity Leaders.

Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA at ASPIRA’s Leadership and College Preparatory Academy April 15, 2015

Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA at ASPIRA’s Leadership and College Preparatory Academy

The second session of Padres Compremetidos con CHISPA took place on Friday, March 6th at ASPIRA's Leadership and College Preparatory Academy. Ms. Saryna Parker assisted in putting together the event and Julie Riverón-Bello led the session.

In this session, the parents had a chance to try out the "Problem Solving out of the Bag" lesson from the Afternoon Program Exploring (APEX) Science "Design and Construct It" unit. The "Problem Solving out of  the Bag" lesson introduces students to the basic engineering concepts used to design buildings that are resistant to earthquakes. In this lesson students build structures using wooden coffee stirrers and marshmallows and then test their designs. The parents enjoyed building  and testing the structures they designed. This lesson was a great opportunity for the parents to experience what their children do in the after school program.

This session was very helpful to the parents as most are new to the U.S. educational system. The parents had many good questions and conversations were quite productive. Their newly acquired understanding will assist them in becoming better advocates for their children and in building stronger relationships with Leadership and College Preparatory Academy staff.

 

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation, Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL), under Grant No. DRL-1323516. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.