On January 4, 2019, Stemnova launched its third Junior Science Olympiad session at Warm Springs Elementary School. Back in 2016, the program was small and fledgling, but three years later, our class of students include 45 eager 4th to 6th graders.
Our hands-on, experimental learning classes are free of charge to ensure students have an amazing opportunity to learn science in a conceptual way without the high cost barrier imposed by other programs. Our classes, ranging from Epidemiology to Astronomy, are taught by dedicated and motivated high school students from Irvington High School.
We are so thankful to our volunteers for their constant effort to make sure our students have the most engaging and fulfilling time possible! Additionally, we want to recognize Warm Springs Elementary and Warm Springs Gifted and Talented Program for allowing us use of on-campus resources! It takes a community to nurture a child, and we are so thankful for the constant stream of support from our local Bay Area community.
On June 21, 2018, Stemnova began its partnership with Junior Medical Academy to share respective educational resources and collaborate on a free, open-access joint curriculum, Cross Discipline STEM experimentation curricula, intended to allow students from across the world to learn and explore their interests in science and engineering.
Junior Medical Academy, co-founded by Reetam Ganguli and Lily Yang in 2015, is a Fremont-based nonprofit organization that focuses on creating and spreading a conceptual, engaging biology curriculum to students throughout the Bay Area and internationally. Their incredible work teaching biology and medicine lessons to Tier 1 elementary schools, local homeless shelters, and in chapters around the world truly demonstrate their goal to ensure every child has access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education regardless of their income.
Stemnova and JMA plan to work in the future by spreading their joint education resources to their respective chapters and programs. The Cross Discipline STEM experimentation curricula encapsulates a wide-range of science and engineering concepts, with emphasis on 4 specific parts: 1. Oceanography, 2. Biology, 3. Diseases, 4. Astronomy.
Stemnova looks forward to furthering the common mission of increasing access to STEM education to deserving students from all communities around the world. Ultimately, Stemnova and JMA agree that science and education is the key to a better future. We are excited to help build this better future together.
For more information about JMA, please visit: www.jma.education
On February 17, 2018, Stemnova hosted Norcal's first student-run middle school Science Olympiad™ invitational with over 600 attendees. Science Olympiad™ is a national science and engineering competition which encourages students to pursue diverse science fields and use application-based and conceptual learning to build models, answer questions, and form solutions. From building hovercrafts, thermal-insulator devices, and laser boxes, to testing epidemiological models, navigating currents through Google Maps, and identifying rocks and minerals through characteristics like luster and hardness, students were able to apply months of learning.
The morning started with 30+ Stemnova volunteers setting up the venue, Irvington High School, to accomodate the hundreds of students and parents. Not only were students able to test and build models, but they also visited other events such as rollercoasters and towers, while also talking to real life STEM professionals at various booths stationed around the campus. Students talked to educators from UC Berkeley's ATDP as well as the cloud-computing startup in San Francisco, Rigetti.
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