LGP Y.O.D.O.e raises water conservation awareness among middle schoolers.

April 17, 2014 author: No comments
Y.O.D.O.e. created a water cistern to educate students on water collection and re-use.

Y.O.D.O.e. created a water cistern to educate students on water collection and re-use.

On February 23rd, my team — Y.O.D.O.e (You Only Drink Once eventually) — visited a group of middle school students attending Pulaski International School of Chicago.

Our LGP focused on the education and conservation of water. On that day, we brought a rain-water barrel and art supplies to have students decorate it. We explained what the barrel worked for and how the caught rain-water could be used to water their vegetable garden.

It was fun to see students express themselves through painting. They had a great time and so did the Y.O.D.O.e team. It was extraordinary seeing students give a simple barrel its own identity.

This day meant everything to Y.O.D.O.e; we had waited so long for it to come and we were happy it was a success:

“We hope that we rose the consciousness of the importance of water to the children we worked with, and that they realize doing environmentally friendly actions does not need to be boring.”

–Arely

Students decorated the water cistern.

Students decorated the water cistern.

“Upon entering Pulaski, I was greeted by smiling children. I began thinking about how these children will aid in the future of our world. Our implementation of the rain-barrel will forever aid their vegetable garden for future generations. The pure ecstatic expressions upon each child as they contributed to the future was well worth the stained pants, painted shirts, and color shoes that resulted from the implementation. Personally, knowing that rainwater will be conserved for years to come brings an eternal smile to my face.”

–Daniel

“When meeting the students at Pulaski, I felt like a little kid again. Every student had a lot of energy, and I found it enjoyable to work with them.  Everyone was excited to paint the water barrel, and everyone was eager to work with us. I feel great knowing that they will be using our water barrel to keep their vegetables alive in their veggie garden.”

–Jack

Y.O.D.O.e. developed the project throughout the academic year.

Y.O.D.O.e. developed the project throughout the academic year.

“It was awesome experience going to Pulaski. I loved working with the children at the school as well as playing with them a little afterward. It was amazing how happy all the children looked as well as how happy our team looked too. I know we all felt very accomplished after the project, and I’m extremely excited to be able to implement more barrels into other schools to be able to see the joy that this project creates.”

–Tatiana

 

BECCA WATERLOO

staff architect / FitzGerald Associates Architects

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Students Ramp Up Crown Hall. Prototype accessibility options.

April 9, 2014 author: No comments
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Scholars worked with faculty and upperclassmen to develop a final proposal for the challenge.

On Sunday, March 30th, four IIT Boeing Scholars and one University of Chicago Woodlawn Charter student participated in Ramping Up Crown — a design charrette created by IIT architecture students from iitAIAS Freedom by Design.

Students were challenged to create a ramp for historic S.R. Crown Hall; monument to modernism created by world-renowned architect and former IIT College of Architecture dean Mies van der Rohe — a task easier said than done not only due to the historical characteristics of the building, but also due to the design challenges themselves.

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Scholars and upperclassmen brainstormed together.

Students learned about accessibility and universal design as fundamental components of the architectural process, and were led by undergraduate upperclassmen and fourth-year undergraduate professor Peter Landon (principal at Landon Bone Baker Architects) all of who mentored and instructed the students throughout the event.

After being treated to a light breakfast, roundtable, and lecture, the scholars jumped into the design process with the entire team sketching out first thoughts to discuss among all. In this way, students experienced the collaborative nature of design and how combining ideas always lead to richer insights and better results.

Lunch was followed by a measuring and scouting exercise in which students collected relevant information about their site and context to inform the design of their ramp. They followed up with a final discussion of their best ideas and proceeded to test them out in model form.

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Prof. Peter Landon instructed and mentored our scholars.

The final model was a collaboration between the entire team and the volunteers involved. The students developed an enhanced switchback ramp solution that was economical in its use of space and lead users directly to the building’s main entrance. The interior solution was to incorporate a concealed movable platform that would blend with the iconic terrazzo tiles and act as a movable space that would benefit of all the users of the building.

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Scholars pin up for a quick review.

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IIT student, Safouh Takrouri, shares his experience as a Job Shadow Day volunteer!

March 25, 2014 author: No comments
Boeing scholars tour Parsons Brinckerhoff, engineering design firm

Boeing scholars tour Parsons Brinckerhoff, engineering design firm.

 

This program[The IIT Boeing Scholars Academy] had always caught my attention since my arrival to Illinois Institute of Technology. I still remember on my first day to IIT, I was offered a tour to explore the different parts of the school’s labs, and here is where I was first introduced to the program. I took a quick tour among the students while they were working on their projects in the Idea Shop at IIT.

The 100 students were divided into small sections, and each team focused on a specific project. I liked how the program gives the students the chance to work in small groups so that can practice and learn the “art of teamwork;” in doing so, they can figure out that communication is the key, appreciate the value of each members varied contributions and talents.  In completing directed tasks toward a goal, each team member understands how essential it is, and they also, somewhat surprisingly, learn that projects are a lot more work that expected. Those values will be very helpful in their university studies, and even in their practical life.

Last month I had the chance for the first time to participate in the program in the “job shadow day.” The idea of this day is remarkable!

Boeing scholars job shadow activity at Parsons Brinckerhoff

Boeing scholars job shadow activity at Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Scholars get the chance to visit different companies in the city of Chicago where they can be in contact with the employers and other leading innovators in a professional setting to see how the job is being done, and how plans are being executed along the way.

For the very beginning I thought that this would be more than what a typical high school student might be able to handle, but I was learned how motivated and intelligent these students were and how hungry they were for the opportunities ahead of them. They were very effective, they asked important questions, and they gave attention for the details.

A recent IIT graduate serves as the program adviser for the “job shadow day;” and he organized the activities so that the experience of each student was meaningful and offered within a supportive environment. The material and “life in the day” of each organization was very helpful; even the most senior leaders of the company were more than happy to explain their duties for the young scholars, and to answer their questions in a very friendly environment.

I think days like this provide a significant impact on the trajectory of a student’s professional life. It will make it easier for them to decide their specific major, and many learned that there are many pathways towards success and meaningful career; and this will help the students be creative in their choices, and that will save them a lot of time.

Scholars eating lunch with Parsons Brinckerhoff staff

Scholars eating lunch with Parsons Brinckerhoff staff.

I can see how programs like the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy provide a unique set of opportunities for young Chicago high schools students.  In speaking to these students, I learned that many of these students will be the first in their families to earn a college degree, and they certainly represent the diversity of Chicago.  And I suspect, that learning to appreciate and understand their differences across religion, gender, orientation, race, ethnicity, and citizenship will teach lessons upon which they will draw upon for years.

For me, this program serves as a passport to greater opportunities and a “crossing card” for a safe future.  These young leaders are being trained to be open, collaborative and innovative thinkers, “learners who lead,” and “leaders learning” to be creative, extraordinary, and supportive.

As my peers and I have traveled through our experiences and studies at Illinois Tech, we each develop ideas for the future that we will carry back with us to Syria.  For me, the design-thinking, and problem-based approach to learning throughout the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy as well as its integrated approach to introducing young people to professional careers very early represents one of the initiatives that I will develop along with my peers – and perhaps some of these current Chicago students – for Syria.

 
 
Safouh Takrouri 
IIT Armour College of Engineering | Expected graduation, December 2014
Safouh can be reached at    en_saf7@hawk.iit.edu
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Mousetrap Car Racing on Women’s Day @ IIT

March 20, 2014 author: No comments
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Teams worked with help from instructors and volunteers.

On Saturday, March 1st, twenty-four young ladies from Chicago-area high schools participated in a mousetrap car workshop created by the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy for Women’s Day 2014 at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

In groups of three, the ladies designed and built a mousetrap car to race with others in search of the car that could travel the longest distance.

Students were given a basic overview of physics concepts, like potential energy, kinetic energy, and friction, that would be applicable during the design phase of the workshop. With these concepts in mind, students were free to use most of the time to design and construct the car.

Students used a kit of parts plus materials like balsa wood, CDs, metal rods, and string to construct their prototype cars. It was wonderful to see how some students used almost all the materials provided while some were more economic.

Although an example design was provided, they were encouraged to think outside the box and beyond the suggested schematic. With this as a jumping off point, students brainstormed and prototyped variations of the existing design and sometimes completely reinvented it. One group even experimented with a tricycle-inspired design.

Teams prepare for the final race.

Teams prepare for the final race.

When students began testing, all bets were on to see whose cars would actually go the distance! Team Tricycle’s successful first run (going 3.5 meters!) inspired other teams that were not quite ready to test to complete their designs for racing. Not every car was able to travel the same distance, but that didn’t matter to the teams who were happy to have done the best job possible building the car and participating in the race.

Closing the event was a challenge in itself as the teams were so involved in refining their designs that they insisted on staying a bit longer (and delaying lunch) to iterate and test one more time.

We were happy to see that all students took their cars home to continue building and testing.

 

Students thought outside the box with a tricycle-inspired design.

Students thought outside the box with a tricycle-inspired design.

Teams were so involved in refining their designs that they insisted on staying a bit longer.
Teams were so involved in refining their designs that they insisted on staying a bit longer.

 

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Coding Workshop facilitator, Michael Davis, shares his background and experience!

February 11, 2014 author: No comments
Arduino and Raspberry Pi Coding Workshop for Teachers

Arduino and Raspberry Pi Coding Workshop for Teachers

 

My relationship with computers started in the mid-80’s with a Vic-20 computer that used our family television as a monitor and a cassette player as memory. We later got a Commodore 128, which I mostly used to emulate the Commodore 64 (a computer with half the memory). Eventually we got some kind of IBM computer, which I used for playing ‘The Bards Tale’ and ‘Where in the World is CarmenSanDiego?’.

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi

In the next 13 years, I start using the computer for writing and making mix CDs for interesting girls. Today my phone is more of a computer than my first several computers. Strangely enough, I am currently enamored with the Raspberry Pi, a computer that is much more like my first computer than my last.

Raspberry Pi Operating System

Raspberry Pi Operating System

My first computers weren’t as user friendly as they are today. I understood them as machines that I could program to do things. When I was a kid, there were programs written in the Sunday newspaper that you could transcribe to make lines dance across the screen. The revolution I am participating in today is a move towards using computers to make or do things.

Raspberry Pi Teacher Workshop

Raspberry Pi Teacher Workshop

My friends and colleagues at Google, IIT, ScienceFist, Element 14 and After School Matters, and I have worked to give away more than 100 Raspberry Pi computers and Arduino microcontrollers. These are going to teachers and educators who are learning how to use them to make interesting projects, like internet radios, and controllable light displays. No matter how old or experienced you are, there is nothing like seeing something you made work for the first time.

During the Hour of Code in December, I watched a group of 35 teachers and after-school providers get acquainted with the Raspberry Pi and Arduino. They learned how to make changes to Minecraft, and control lights on an LED strip. Our goal is to empower people to make their own projects, and encourage them to be fearless in their own creation. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

- Michael Davis
  Interim Vice President of Wilbur Wright College
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Sophomores – Apply Now for the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy

December 11, 2013 author: No comments

The application for outstanding Chicago-area high school sophomores interested in joining the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Boeing Scholars Apply Now SunburstAcademy is now available online!

Current high school sophomores should apply by Thursday, February 6, 2014, to be considered for participation in our FREE, two-year academic enrichment program, which offers:

  • four weeks of intensive, project-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programming at IIT each summer
  • workshops, field trips, and career exploration events during the school year
  • guidance and support in developing leadership projects (junior year)
  • college advising and application assistance (senior year)

Please join us in our outreach by sharing this information and our brochure, poster, and application with high school sophomores in your school and community. Interested students are strongly encouraged to:

  • Learn more about who we are and what we do.
  • Register to attend one of our Informational Sessions for Prospective Applicants:
    Thursday, January 9, 2014; 7-9pm
    or
    Saturday, January 11, 2014; 2-4pm
    Location: IIT Tower Auditorium [10 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60616]
  • Apply online.

First generation college students, women, and students from populations underrepresented in STEM fields are especially encouraged to apply.

 

*NOTE: If sending application materials via mail, they must be POSTMARKED by Thursday, February 6th, 2014 *

 

For application questions, please contact Katherine Rhee at krhee1@iit.edu or 312.567.3965.

Thank you for your interest in the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

Kathy Rhee_BiowebKatherine Rhee
Program Coordinator
krhee1@iit.edu
312.567.3965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. Any student who knows they will be unable to actively participate in the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy’s two-year program is encouraged to visit summer.iit.edu to learn about summer-only programs offered at Illinois Institute of Technology. Students who are not currently sophomores may be interested in applying to programs offered by our partner organizations, the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program (Chicago Public Schools freshmen) and Chicago Scholars (juniors at any Chicago high school).

 

 

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Closing the Gap LGP Exciting Progress!

November 8, 2013 author: No comments

Read about  trip Leadership Grant Project Closing the Gap made, in a letter written by scholar, Kaylynn Cusic!

Closing the Gap LGP meeting with Best Buddies representatives (photo credit: Casey McKenna)

Closing the Gap LGP meeting with Best Buddies representatives (photo credit: Casey McKenna)

 

Closing the Gap was able visit Best Buddies’ headquarters Downtown this past Friday, October 18th, and have a round table discussion regarding the organization and CTG. Our goal is very similar to Best Buddies’ goal, and that is to help build relationships between students with and without disabilities in school communities. Best Buddies is dedicated to establishing one on one friendships between people with and without disabilities. The non-profit organization also focuses on providing jobs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies has impacted over 700,000 nationwide, through friendships, employments and after school programs.

We had a meeting with two of the representatives who helped us come up with specific ways to go about our program. They already have tons of experience working with the two groups of students, so they gave us advice in that area. They advised us to allow the students to pair up, so they can have a more intimate relationship. We were also encouraged to start a Best Buddies chapter at our own schools, whether we had a disabilities student population or not.

Currently, Closing the Gap is focusing on specifying what activities they will have the students doing, and possible themes for each month the after school program takes place. They also offered to help our group through a partnership and offered any guidance that we could possibly need. We were able to build a great relationship with the people at Best Buddies, and map out different ways to approach our upcoming after school program.

 

Kaylynn Cusic

IIT Boeing Scholars Academy Scholar

 

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Congratulations, Seniors!!

October 31, 2013 author: No comments

On Monday, October 28th, 17 of our INCREDIBLE seniors enjoyed fantastic success at the Chicago Scholars Onsite Admission Forum – earning more than 30 college acceptances! Five of our Scholars participated through Chicago Scholars directly and earned more than 10 additional acceptances at the Onsite! In total, more than 40 acceptances were awarded to IIT Boeing Scholar seniors in just one day!! We are overflowing with pride for each and every one of you!

Lesley (Eric Solorio) interviews at the Onsite.

Lesley (Eric Solorio) interviews at the Onsite.

Our seniors received acceptances from the following 18 universities:

Case Western Reserve University, Central State University, DePaul University, Dominican University, Elmhurst College, George Washington University, Grinnell College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, Knox College, Lake Forest College, Loyola University – Chicago, Marquette University, Michigan State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and University of Missouri.

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Letoria (Jones) and Amy (Whitney Young) catch up and exchange laughs before an interview.

Additionally, our seniors applied to and interviewed with 17 other colleges that were not offering decisions at the Onsite, but offered the students a valuable opportunity to meet and advocate for themselves with an admission representative in-person. Colleges in this group included:

Amherst College, Augustana College, Boston College, Boston University, Carleton College, Davidson College, Harvard College, Lehigh University, Northwestern University, Syracuse University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Vanderbilt University, Villanova University, and Williams College.

Scholars will hear back from these colleges, and any others to which they have applied outside of the Onsite, between November 2013 and April 2014. Some seniors have already earned admission to non-Onsite colleges, too!

Regardless of receiving acceptances, the Onsite was a celebration of all of the Scholars’ hard work to reach this point. They may not fully realize it now, but they’ve accomplished an incredible amount of work to ensure that they will be attending college next fall! The IIT Boeing Scholars staff and community are all very proud, but each Scholar should also be incredibly proud of his/herself!!!

Admissions representatives from more than 80 colleges interview the more than 500 Onsite participants.

Admissions representatives from more than 80 colleges interview the more than 500 Onsite participants.

 

Though filled with adrenaline, the day was long, with Scholars arriving as early as 7:00am and with many not leaving until 5:30pm. What did they do when they were not interviewing? 

 

Catching up with former Program Director, Marya Spont!!

Catch up with former Program Director, Marya Spont!!

Study and do homework.

Study and do homework: Joshua (Whitney Young) and Cyrenthia (IIT Perspectives) catch up on school work.

Take lunch breaks and eat lots of snacks to stay nourished!

Take lunch breaks and eat lots of snacks to stay nourished! Samantha (De La Salle/Lourdes), Susan (Whitney Young), Amy (Whitney Young), Jacquelin (Erio Solorio), Daniel (Whitney Young), Letoria (Jones), Jaylon (Lindblom) all enjoy lunch together.

 

 

Updates us on interviews! Cyrenthia (IIT Perspectives) updates Katherine on her interviews and acceptances!

Updates us on interviews! Cyrenthia (IIT Perspectives) informs Katherine about her interviews and acceptances!

Amanda (Whitney Young) updates Katherine about her interviews.

Amanda (Whitney Young) updates Katherine about her interviews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing Apples to Apples!

Playing Apples to Apples!

Group Hugs!

Group Hugs!

 

I also wanted to take a moment to thank the Scholars and their families for all of the hard work that went into preparing for the Onsite. Thank you all for your patience and persistence through this long process!

We owe a BIG THANK YOU to Jerry Doyle, Megan Mozina, Ross Ludwig, Jose Gibaja, Sheena Enriquez, Marya Spont-Lemus, Connie Ma, and all of our amazing volunteers for all of their support – without them none of this would have been possible! We also owe an enormous thank you to Chicago Scholars, for allowing us to be a partner in their Onsite and for all of the logistical support they provided to allow each Scholar to participate successfully.

I feel so very lucky to work with such a wonderful and inspiring group of students and am excited to continue to work with the Scholars and their families through this college process. Congratulations, again!

 

Kathy Rhee_BiowebKatherine Rhee

Program Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

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83 College Applications Complete…and Counting!

October 26, 2013 author: No comments

August, September, and October have been busy months filled with college preparation and it’s not over yet! Please join me in celebrating the fact that – as of October 1 – seniors in the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy have submitted over 83 college applications for the Chicago Scholars Onsite Admission Forum!!

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The Onsite Admission Forum is this Monday, October 28th at the UIC Forum and it took months of preparation:

  • The 83 applications were submitted by 17 of our program’s 29 seniors. This does not include the 5 seniors participating through Chicago Scholars
  • Each Scholar completed 4-5 college applications for the Onsite (this means not just application forms, but also essays (for many schools, more than one!), high school transcripts, test scores, recommendation letters from teachers, counselors, and former program staff members (Marya Spont and Connie Ma).
  • On Saturday, October 19th, friends of the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy community volunteered their time to help prepare our seniors for the Chicago Scholars Onsite Admission Forum interviews (and college interviews in general).
    Scholar, Amy Jin, introduces herself to Mock-Interviewer, Mary Pat Barberie

    Scholar, Amy Jin, introduces herself to Mock-Interviewer, Mary Pat Barberie

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    Mock-Interviewer, Mairead Case, and Scholar, Cyrenthia Clark, preparing for college interviews.

    Florencio Duran practices interviewing with Kate Wiggeringloh and Ashley Merriweather

    Florencio Duran practices interviewing with Kate Wiggeringloh and Ashley Merriweather

    After a quick interview overview, three rounds of “speed-interviewing” took place in a setting that mimicked the Onsite so that our Scholars could get used to maintaining focus and tuning out distractions. I was so very impressed by the thoughtful conversations that I overheard. My heart was warmed when every volunteer talked to me about how they too were impressed by our fantastic Scholars!

To all of this year’s participants, CONGRATULATIONS for all of your hard work and accomplishments – we look forward to working with you and all of the seniors to prepare you for upcoming Early Action and Regular Decision admissions deadlines!

Two brief reminders as you continue to work on college applications:IIT Boeing Scholars 2013-14 Profile

  • Request a letter of recommendation from the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy – If you would like us to write and/or send a letter of recommendation for inclusion with your college applications, please submit this request form at least four weeks in advance of when the recommendation is due.
  • Include a Program Profile with your application – The 2013-14 Program Profile (pictured right) has been updated and is available for download! We will always include a copy with our letter when sending recommendations, and encourage seniors who are not requesting recommendations from the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy to still submit a copy of it with their college applications.

 

Earlier this month and in September, we had many college events to help all of our Scholars learn more about colleges:

Liberal Arts College Night – Scholars, friends, and family from the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy, UChicago Collegiate Scholars, and OneGoal all came together for Liberal Arts College Night on Tuesday, October 8th!

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Liberal Arts College Night Presentations

Scholars, Daniel Miller and Hasani Valdez, at Liberal Arts College Night

Scholars, Daniel Miller and Hasani Valdez, at Liberal Arts College Night

Wonderful admissions representatives from Amherst, Middlebury, Wellesley, Wesleyan, and Williams gave brief (but energetic!) presentations about what makes their colleges so special. We learned about why a liberal arts curriculum is meaningful and who would be a great fit for a liberal arts college:

  • The small, close-knit communities allow you to have a personalized college experience
  • Classes are more discussion-based
  • You receive a well-rounded education so that you are prepared to pursue any type of career (rather than being vocationally focused). This is particularly important since a majority of people change majors and careers more than once in their lifetimes.
  • Professors are focused on undergraduates and are not distracted by their research or graduate students

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We also had college representatives visit us from:

If you weren’t able to attend the info session, please click on the names of the universities above to find notes from the sessions.

 

Finally, a huge THANK YOU to Chicago Scholars’ amazing staff (particularly Carol Sharp) for their generous logistical and emotional support (and for their patience with me for all of my endless questions!) and to the many wonderful individuals who volunteered to help our Scholars through the application process, mock-interviews, and with their essays – Jerry Doyle, Megan Mozina, Ross Ludwig, Jose Gibaja, Tanya Cabrera, BJ Engelhardt, Sheena Enriquez, and countless others! We look forward to future collaborations on behalf of our inspiring Scholars!

 

Seniors, we are so very excited to see you at the Onsite on Monday! We know that you will rock your interviews and look forward to celebrating with you!

 

Kathy Rhee_BiowebKatherine Rhee

Program Coordinator

 

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An exciting project led by former program instructor, Jose Gibaja!

October 25, 2013 author: No comments

Read about Jose’s experience as a project leader, in a letter he wrote to our scholars!

IIT Associate Director - Tanya Cabrera (right) and Program Intern - Jose Gibaja (left)

IIT Associate Director – Tanya Cabrera (right) and Program Intern – Jose Gibaja (left)

Dear Students,

I hope everything is going great this semester and that it will continue to do so. I’m very happy to have seen many seniors come in to work on their college applications and juniors come in to work on their LGP’s. Surely, we will continue seeing each other throughout the school year.

I would like to share with you my experience of an exciting event that took place a few weeks ago. On October 7th, IIT hosted a STEM Day for Frederick Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center. In a mix of seniors, juniors, and sophomores, 126 high school students visited IIT to learn about the STEM field and the opportunities offered at this campus. IIT Associate Director, Tanya Cabrera, organized this visit and asked me to lead a hands-on project that would expose the students to topics in the STEM fields. Excited for the opportunity, I remembered how much you, the Boeing Scholars, enjoyed the Wind Turbine Prototyping Project. As you may remember, program instructor, Josh Buck, and I took the lead to write the lesson plan for this project, and received a great deal of feedback and help from the other program instructors.

With much support from the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy office for materials and advice, I modified the lesson plan and presentation so that it would be effective in a group of 126 students. Although I knew it would be a challenge to organize this activity for 126 students instead of 15, I had an amazing team of IIT student volunteers that assisted me throughout the event. Thanks to these volunteers and to the project feedback I received from you, the event was a great success. Von Steuben students constantly rushed to test their prototypes and outdo one another. This friendly, energetic, and competitive environment was quite a sight. Towards the end of the project, students did not want to leave or stop prototyping. Teachers and chaperones were thrilled to see such enthusiasm and determination from their students and I felt a mixture of relief and joy as I saw how the event turned out.

I am extremely happy that I got the opportunity to lead this event and interact with young students again. After receiving many praises from peers and faculty, I began to realize what an impact days like that one have on student’s lives. I also realized that there was no way I could take credit for leading this successful event alone.  Behind me was a group of incredible faculty, staff, and student volunteers that allowed me to lead a successful project. I look forward to the next big project I get to work on. Who knows? Maybe it will be with you, the scholars!

Jose

Jose Gibaja

Program Intern

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