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Summer STEM Academies
There is an astounding shortage of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) degree holders in the United States today. Research indicates that the American workforce needs additional training for the 21St Century workplace. Because the country has yet to meet these needs thousands of jobs continue to be outsourced or remain unfilled. As the demand for STEM careers increase, so do the opportunities for prosperity and job security for those who opt for a STEM profession.
Recently, non-biased programs that focus on exposure and career exploration have evidenced an acute increase in STEM careers. A study by Paulsen and Bransfield, 2009, provided STEM exposure and career exploration to students; 88 percent reported a marked interest in STEM careers after completing a STEM program.
The SKILLS Organization is currently providing summer STEM Academies for students of Edwards and Dexter Middle School. Our motivation for this programming is to increase student awareness and interest in STEM careers. The Science Academies utilize a fun, accessible, problem-solving teaching approach that is designed to make science more engaging and enticing to the students.
By promoting STEM industries and providing enrichment programs, today’s students and their skillsets can rise to match the opportunities in these growing fields. We also hope to ensure growth, creativity, and innovation at the interpersonal level. Above all, our primary goals are to:
- Inspire and excite students about STEM subjects they are studying in school.
- Connect students' educational experiences to their real-world experiences.
Support kids in living and learning successfully.
The SKILLS Organization is excited to launch Lego Robotics classes to 6th, 7th & 8th grade students that live or go to school in Whittier. Lego Robotics allows every Student the opportunity to Discover, Design and Create without any formal engineering or computer programming training. The students will engage in learning the fundamentals of how to program, learn the language of coding and execute building a robot. The students will work in teams of two; one student will do the programming, while the other team member will be responsible for constructing the robot. ALL students will be forced to collaborate, build their leadership and teamwork skills, and get to partake in this amazing Lego educational journey together.
For more information please contact us at: phone: 562-325-5620 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Instructor, Julio Guzman
Club Orchard Dale
If your child attends Orchard Dale you are in luck for we have a fantastic after-school program! Studies show that after-school programs help children both academically and socially. Thus, in collaboration with Orchard Dale Elementary and Whittier staff, Club Orchard Dale was created. It operates every day school is in session, even on minimum days.
The after school program is a structured, stimulating and well-supervised program that is staffed by recreational specialists. The program has grown tremendously since its inception. Aside from its convenience for working families and parents, Club Orchard Dale is popular amongst students because those who are enrolled get to participate in a variety of enrichment activities, sports and arts and crafts.
Many thanks to the East Whittier City School District, the City of Whittier Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department for their support. To find out how to enroll your child, please call: (562) 325-5620.
In recent years there has been a cause for growing concern over the amount of hours spent on conflict resolution and violence prevention amongst students. In the past such schoolyard conflicts were credited to the high testosterone levels and competitive nature of males, but ask any school-based social worker these days what is troubling them and they will reveal that it is not boys who eat up the bulk of their working hours. On the contrary, girls are now taking up the majority of these social workers’ time and instances of bullying and relational estrangement between female students is on the rise.
This trend is so pervasive and alarming, in fact, that it has been given national attention and even a name: The “Mean Girl Syndrome”. Mean Girl Syndrome diverges with respect to the classic bullying tactics because it includes warfare that is not as obvious and often goes undetected. Gossip, reputation-bashing, social exclusion, and boyfriend-coveting are all part and parcel of the mean girls’ game.
Nevertheless, “girl bullies aren’t much different from the traditional schoolyard bullies we all think of,” says psychiatrist Ann Saunders, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. “Though usually not physically violent, the scars of exclusion and abandonment can run very deep and are difficult to overcome.”
The program’s main goals are to: 1) decrease the number of conflicts at the site where the program is being implemented, 2) teach participants conflict resolution and anti-bullying skills based on empathy and healthy social behaviors, and 3) increase the self-esteem of participants. The program is also tailored to address whatever specific concerns youth sites are tackling.
For more information contact us directly: Phone: 562-325-5620 or Email: email@example.com
Studies show that after--‐school programs help children both academically and socially. If your child attends Scott Avenue Elementary you are in luck! The SKILLS Organization has come together with Scott Avenue Elementary and the City of Whittier Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department and brings to you Club Scottie, an after--‐school program! Thus, in collaboration with Scott Avenue and Whittier staff, Club Scottie was created. The club will operate every day school is in session, even operates on minimum days.
This after school program is a structured, stimulating and well--‐supervised program that is staffed by recreational specialists. Aside from its convenience for working families and parents, Club Scottie was created for our students so they can socialize with their peers, have a safe place to go after school, structured time to work on homework, as well as participate in a variety of enrichment activities, sports and arts and crafts.
SKILLS would like to thank East Whittier City School District, Scott Avenue staff, and the City of Whittier Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department for their support. For Additional information call or email Lorena at the SKILLS Organization.
Alternative Energy Classes
The SKILLS Organization is excited to announce the NEWEST addition to our STEM Programming, Alternative Energy Classes. This class is designed for students that are in 3rd-8th grade. This class will allow students to experiment, explore and engage with a hands on approach.
Students will learn about the concepts and applications of wind energy by building a wind turbine system and experiment using challenging real-life applications in the following means:
1. Lifting objects
2. Transferring liquids
3. Generating electricity
Students will learn about the concepts and applications of solar energy building a solar energy system and experiment using challenging real-life applications in the following means:
1. Solar water heater
2. Introduction to soldering skills
3. Generating electricity
Meet the Instructor, Julio Guzman