Throughout November and December, After-School All-Stars, Teza Technologies and other partner organizations took part in several great events promoting education and STEM among K-12 students. Here’s a recap of some of the events:
Teza Technologies and Misha Malyshev present Girls Do Hack 2015
Teza Technologies and Misha Malyshev sponsored Girls Do Hack 2015 on November 14th at Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Ninety young women in grades 9-11 from across the city worked with professional women in science, technology, engineering and math to learn the skills needed to pursue STEM careers. Additional partners included YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Junior Research Scientists at Columbia College, CodeCreate, and Ashley Nicollette, STEM Specialist.
Students had the opportunity to apply STEM skills in hands-on workshops throughout the day. Workshops included:
- Engineering Design Challenge with Adler Planetarium Youth Leadership Council : This challenges was an egg drop with a twist. Participants followed a series of criteria to build custom landers designed to protect their egg from a drop.
- Powering Gadgets with Solar Energy with Junior Research Scientists : Students learned how solar panels convert solar energy and applied the same principles to build a solar-powered USB charger.
- Robot Race with Adler Planetarium: Participants learned how NASA engineers program rovers and programmed their own robot before testing it out with a navigation of “Mars” terrain.
Teza Technologies joins After-School All-Stars for EXKi Cooking Class
In early December, volunteers from Teza Technologies, New York Life Insurance Company and Mondelēz International joined After-School All-Stars New York for a visit to EXKi Park Ave. South for a vegetarian cooking class and Eco Hero workshop. EXKi is a world-renowned restaurant that operates with health and environmental stewardship at the forefront of their business, and specializes in natural, seasonal food. After-School All-Stars students in grades 6-8 spent the afternoon with EXKi Consulting Chef Galen Zamarra, and Executive Chef Steven Mettle learning how to cook fresh, healthy vegetarian dishes. Following the cooking class, award-winning environmental economist Pamela Peeters led a discussion about food and environmental sustainability.
After-School All-Stars and Hour of Code
After-School All-Stars Los Angeles met up with volunteers from Google for Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to the basics of computer science that has reached students of all ages in more than 180 countries in the world. As an After-School All-Stars board member, Misha Malyshev supports events like Hour of Code that teach STEM basics and get students interested in coding and computer science.