Preparing to share far & wide

Now that all of the schools participating in the Young Authors Workshop have completed the sessions with their facilitators, they’re going to share what they learned with each other and everyone else.

They’re going to do that using a zine (more on what that is later), with each classroom creating a part of a single publication, collaborating from afar. Dr. Coppins from SHARP Literacy and Adam Carr visited each of the classrooms to help the students get started on their submission.

We’ll be able to share the final product soon!

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Session #2 La Causa Charter School

Thank you for another fun filled day of YAW. The students learned a lot from Ms. Xela and Dr. Dina. They were very excited for them to come because they enjoy their personality and engaging activities. The students have been learning about health, the different types of germs and how they affect us.

The students especially loved the La Causaterium activity  from the first session because it was a very different experience for them and they continued talking about it days later! They also enjoyed the survey on brushing their teeth and the making of the bar graph chart. Students were very impressed on how many students brushed and flossed their teeth each day.

They also enjoyed writing down the types of food and checking off the particular ones that contained sugar. They really enjoyed making cards to people about their oral health to be mailed out. The students benefited from these activities and learned a lot, including different types of germs and using safe methods when coughing to stop the spread of germs. They also learned how sugar can create build up in the mouth and cause germs which might be harmful to their health.

The students loved how Xela and Dina were very interactive and engaging with their activities.

Intro to La Causa

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Hello,

My 5th grade students and I are very excited to begin our Young Author’s workshop with our facilitators. We are very grateful for this opportunity and I am sure the students are excited to learn more. I will begin by giving you a short summary of our school. Charter School is located in the Southside of Milwaukee and serves approximately 800 students and their families. Grades range from 1st through 8th grade. The main languages spoken are Spanish and English. The school provides innovative, foundational, bilingual and multi-cultural learning experiences. La Causa has a strong emphasis on Fine Arts and Vocational Education. Some of these programs include: Music, Art, Physical Education, Video production, Robotics, Project Lead the Way, and Computer Science. Our extracurricular activities include Soccer, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Guitars, Dance, First Stage Theater, LEGO Robotics Club, STEM Science Club, Boys Scout, Soccer, Girls on the Run (and Boys on the Run) and Choir, to name a few. We participate in events such as 5 de Mayo, Cantos de Las Americas, and many others. La Causa also has a school garden in which staff and students volunteer to plant vegetables and fruits.

Our 5th grade bilingual classroom consists of 31 students who are enthusiastic and curious learners. At times they can get chatty but they are great students. They all know the school and classroom expectations and for the most part follow through with it. When my students are interested or excited about a topic, they usually love to get involved. Most of my students are Spanish speakers with English as their second language. Many of our students have strong cultural backgrounds and are involved in many of the activities and events that the school offers.

Our 5th grade class is very excited for their first YAW presentation. They enjoyed their Discovery World visit and all of the workshops. Thank you very much for allowing us to experience everything that Young Author’s workshops had to offer. We look forward in seeing you again.

Thanks,

Ms. Narvaez

La Causa Charter School

5th Grade Bilingual Teacher

All kinds of cool at Discovery World

Students in Matt Richardson's workshop learned about digital privacy, which they demonstrate by covering their faces
Students in Matt Richardson’s workshop learned about digital privacy, which they demonstrate by covering their faces
The "Robochix" from St. Joan Antida High School paid us a visit to demonstrate their award-winning robots
The “Robochix” from St. Joan Antida High School paid us a visit to demonstrate their award-winning robots
Nathaniel Stern presents on creating interactive multi-media images with help from a marlin hanging on the wall
Nathaniel Stern presents on creating interactive multi-media images with help from a marlin hanging on the wall
Michael McNeary leads the students in an engineering experiment involving batteries and spinning metal coils
Michael McNeary leads the students in an engineering experiment involving batteries and spinning metal coils
Dina & Marcela Garcia dress the part to teach students about the effect of sugary beverages on their teeth
Dina & Marcela Garcia dress the part to teach students about the effect of sugary beverages on their teeth
Jess Goehner leads students as their custom print their own t-shirts
Jess Goehner leads students as they custom print their own t-shirts

Kicking off the 2016 YAW — Full STEAM ahead!

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On the morning of Jan 25, 2016, 4th & 5th graders from around Milwaukee gathered at Discovery World to kickoff an exciting project — SHARP Literacy’s 2016 Young Authors Workshop!

Throughout the next few months, students will be working with local professionals to engage in projects exploring STEAM, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

Participating schools are La Causa, Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Academy, Metcalfe Elementary School, Notre Dame, and Trowbridge School of Discovery and Technology.

The local professionals and project facilitators are an impressive and diverse group who have ambitious plans for the students:

  • Dina & Marcela Garcia, PhD candidate and health activist
    • Eggcellent Grillz explores the effects of sugary beverages on teeth
  • Nathaniel Stern, Artist and Educator at UW-Milwaukee
    • Creating interactive multimedia images
  • Matt Richardson, CEO/Visioneer at SmartWave
    • Telling a story with data using Human Centered Design Methods
  • Jess Goehner, Fashion Designer and Owner/CEO of Directive
    • Mono prints and screen printing tessellations
  • Michael McNeary, Principal Test Systems Engineer
    • Demonstrations using levitations, gyroscopes and magnets

On this blog, you can follow the project as it unfolds. Keep checking back throughout the next few months to hear updates from each classroom, as they share their many discoveries.

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Lynda Kohler, President/CEO of SHARP Literacy, welcomes the students before they head off to engage in experiments and activities.