Pupils rally for science, get an otherwordly lesson at new STEM school
SAN JOSE, CA – Science takes center stage Tuesday at the Robert F. Kennedy School: A STEM Focus School, when its 125 fifth-graders rally for science and get an out-of-this-world, hands-on lesson about teamwork, problem solving and design-challenge learning.
Asteroids Rock! is the lesson of the day. And it just happens to be the title of the 2013 The Tech Challenge, the annual competition for youth that’s geared to solve a real-world problem. Using a fabricated asteroid as a backdrop, pupils will be introduced to the challenge – how best to deploy testing equipment along its surface – and experiment with potential solutions.
Earlier this year, the school was officially renamed to signal a new area of study and the leaders of the innovative plan – Franklin-McKinley School District, Hitachi Data Systems, Wyse Technology, CORAL After-School Program of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara, and The Tech Museum of Innovation – promised an intensive, high-tech focused program to introduce and, ultimately, inspire these underserved, at-risk youth to enjoy science and be part of a new workforce of problem-solvers, innovators, and inventors in Silicon Valley and around the world.
WHAT: Entire fifth-grade student body – and Franklin-McKinley School Superintendent John Porter, educators – will be part of a “Science Rally” and hands-on science lesson led by The Tech Museum as part of its annual science competition, The Tech Challenge
WHERE: The Robert F. Kennedy School: A STEM Focus School, 1602 Lucretia Avenue, San Jose, CA
WHEN: 1 – 2:20 p.m., Tuesday, October 30