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STEM Week 2024
February 19 @ 9:00 am - February 22 @ 2:30 pm
The week-long science program introduces students to the fundamentals of elementary biology, and environmental engineering.
The whole mind of the student is taken into keen consideration. We start each section of the sessions with a mindful technique or what educators are now calling brain-break.
This is followed by student academic agency which encourages learners to get into their ‘academic and productive zones’ in which studies have shown to increase student participation and content retention.
In the mornings, we explore the theory or the fundamental concepts that underlie scientific practice and research. This includes the methods, the techniques and concepts used to engage in rigorous and developmental appropriate scientific investigations.
In the mornings, we examine microbes. What are they? Where do they grow? Do they affect us? How can we best experiment and learn about these organisms that often go unnoticed?
Students will investigate bacterial growth, test the variables that successfully decrease and increase their growth and later, articulate scientifically sound and evidence based conclusions that’s informed by their own experimentation.
In the afternoons, we will prioritize environmental engineering. Climate change has now become the elephant in the global class-rooms. Students desperately want meaningful answers to some of the seemingly impossible questions about the environment.
How do we protect coastal cities from excessive floods? How can we best offset the excessive carbon emitted in the atmosphere that causes global warming? What can students do to help?
Students will be presented with these questions and encouraged to investigate and provide credible design solutions to address these questions.
Learners will be encouraged to use creativity, peer reviewed research and their ingenuity to propose and develop design solutions to address the alarming and devastating impacts of global warming on NYC environments and its residents.
Key phrases: Hands on learning, Project based learning, Error free learning, Learning by doing or Experiential learning and Culturally relevant Pedagogy.
Mr. Omar Clarke
Omar is currently a graduate student in the Mathematics Science and Technology Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. For the past ten years, he worked as an educator in the NYC and California DOE, teaching project based STEAM to Middle and High school students. An aspect of teaching that Omar particularly enjoys is curriculum design. He loves to create learning conditions that encourage and sustain authentic student led learning. He personally believes that learning is fun and he has the experience, expertise and creative ability to demonstrate it.
As a K-12 educator, Omar has a range of experience with providing specialized educational support to urban students that are struggling academically. He prioritizes academic techniques such as individualized learning strategies, organizational skills and effective studying methods to help students develop a positive work ethic and a robust growth mindset.
Omar also has an academic and professional background in Marine Sciences. He received his BS in Marine Science from SUNY Stony Brook and a MA in Biology Education from NYU. In his free time, Omar likes to scuba dive in the Caribbean Sea, work on his family farm and read books about Environmentalism, Mindfulness and African History.