Recruiting disadvantaged youth to succeed

Edu­ca­tors in Brazil  have embarked on a liberal-arts cur­ricu­lum that includes lan­guage, math­e­mat­ics and sta­tis­tics, human­i­ties and the arts, the nat­ural sci­ences, and the bio­log­i­cal and health sci­ences as an exper­i­ment for recruit­ment and meet­ing the edu­ca­tional needs of an extemely diverse stu­dent population.  They posit that dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents needed to learn more about abstract rea­son­ing, the nat­ural world, quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive research, and other sub­jects they would oth­er­wise never encounter.  Below are two perspectives; an admin­is­tra­tor and a stu­dent  in the program.…..

“These kids haven’t seen great films, they haven’t read great lit­er­a­ture, they don’t speak for­eign lan­guages,” Mr. Kno­bel says. “I think it will open doors and broaden horizons.”

“The most dif­fi­cult thing is adapt­ing to the pace, to the demands, being in class all day long,” says Ms. Vale­ria, recall­ing her first year. “At school we stud­ied five hours a day. We are here from 10 to 6. There’s a lot of read­ing and a lot to take in.”

Link to Full Article:

http://chronicle.com/article/In-Brazil-a-Liberal-Arts/131234/

Tacoma MESA Day

Tacoma MESA stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents had a fun STEM expe­ri­ence at the Pacific Lutheran Uni­ver­sity this past Tues­day, March 27th. The stu­dents pre­sented their cap­stone projects in Dig­i­tal Media, Engi­neer­ing designs and in com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Sev­eral stu­dents also demon­strated their pilot pros­thetic arm devices. Con­grat­u­la­tions and “Well Done” Tacoma MESA staff. https://sites.google.com/a/plu.edu/tacoma-mesa/

Spokane MESA hosts annual Wind Energy Challenge

students participating in wind energy challenge

Rogers High School students participate in
the Wind Energy Challenge.

The annual Wind Energy Challenge hosted by the Spokane MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Center has area middle school students excited about science. After perfecting their designs, 170 eighth grade MESA students from six Spokane public schools will test their windmills’ abilities to convert energy into both mechanical and kinetic power. Full WSU News story »

MESA Days

Wash­ing­ton MESA Days are here!!

This is a time when MESA part­ners and sup­port­ers join to encour­age our K-12 stu­dents in their engi­neer­ing designs wind energy com­pe­ti­tion. The stu­dents com­pete with cor­re­spond­ing research in wind­mill designs for sus­tain­able energy production.

New Science Standards Framework

I would like to hear from teach­ers about their think­ing regard­ing the Con­cep­tual Frame­work for the New K-12 Sci­ence stan­dards. The draft frame­work iden­ti­fies the key sci­en­tific ideas and prac­tices all stu­dents should learn by the end of high school. Fol­low the link below to read more:

http://teachscience4all.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/conceptual-framework-for-new-science-education-standards-draft-july-12th/

Group helps motivate, support math and science students

MESA student washes a car at a fundraiser

A car wash helps raise money for MESA at Napa Valley College. Photo by Rebecca Huval/Register.

The Napa Valley Register highlights the MESA program at Napa Valley College, noting its growth over the last decade and the importance of providing a place to study with peers away from part-time jobs and family issues. The article includes student perspectives and describes funding challenges. Full article »

Hard lessons, hard work lead to EdCC program

Rashanah Botley photo

Rashanah Botley, director of MESA at Edmonds Community College. Photo by Mark Mulligan / The Herald.

The Everett Herald traces Rashanah Botley’s path from single mom on state assistance to Seattle Pacific University honors graduate to director of the MESA program at Edmonds Community College. The article goes into the statistics that underlie the need for MESA programs. Full article »

NACME Convenes Experts on Capitol Hill to Discuss Minorities & STEM Education

NACME logoThe National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) brought together members of Congress, administration officials, and academics to discuss issues facing minorities in getting college degrees in the STEM disciplines. As part of the day’s events, NACME released its Community College Transfer Study which examines the role of community colleges as a critical pathway to meeting the national crisis in STEM education and analyzes the current and future role of community colleges in developing and expanding the ranks of graduates in these areas. Full press release »