This is a post by Jordan Samuels, a quantitative developer at Teza Technologies, about his experience at the first ever Noble STEM Expo. The event was held at Rauner College Prep in Chicago on December 12, 2015. At the event, Jordan had the opportunity to speak to students in grades nine through twelve about his experience at Teza and working in a STEM career. Teza Technologies and Misha Malyshev actively support events like the Noble STEM Expo that provide educational opportunities for high school students.
The Noble STEM Expo gave high school students the opportunity to learn from STEM professionals around Chicago including Teza Technologies employee Jordan Samuels.
I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with about a dozen students about electronic trading, and how it relates to STEM, at the first Noble Network of Charter Schools STEM Expo. Three hundred Noble students were exposed to a variety of STEM careers at the event, which took place at Rauner College Prep.
I focused my discussion on what trading is at its core, whether it’s floor-based or algorithmic, and what it means to determine a fair market price. This is a new topic for almost any high school student but my group of students seemed to catch on pretty quickly. Several of them asked good questions (some of which I didn’t see coming) and they gave good examples when prompted. They also seemed genuinely grateful for the chance to learn something new. It was a pleasure for me to be a part of it, and I would gladly do it again anytime.
By Jordan Samuels, quantitative developer at Teza Technologies
Misha Malyshev has funded additional projects for buildOn, which will result in an additional school in Malawi and adult literacy classes in Haiti.
Malyshev has previously donated to buildOn, which helped build five schools in Malawi and Nicaragua. After the completion of the schools, buildOn teams visited Teza to present the finished projects to Malyshev and Teza staff. Malyshev said:
“It has been deeply inspiring to hear from the buildOn students who built these schools, and about the positive influence those experiences have had on their perspectives of their own educational opportunities here in the U.S.”
“We believe in buildOn’s mission and we are thrilled to sponsor additional projects in Haiti and Malawi.”
To read more about the projects and buildOn, read the press release:
Misha Malyshev, CEO of Teza Technologies, Funds Additional Projects in Haiti and Malawi with buildOn
Last year, Teza Technologies donated $150,000 to buildOn for the construction of five new schools in Nicaragua and Malawi. The construction of these Teza-funded schools took 6,741 volunteer work days, and resulted in 2,111 students attending classes. This year, Misha Malyshev and his wife Oksana Malysheva will personally sponsor the construction of an additional school in a rural community in need. In order to determine where this next school will be built, students who have previously participated in the construction of buildOn schools in Malawi and Haiti recently visited Teza’s offices to give a presentation on their life-changing experiences, and to encourage the allocation of the gift to one of those countries.
In two teams of three, the students provided impressive power point presentations, full of photos from the builds and statistics on the state of education and education related topics (such as adult literacy) in their respective countries. Oksana and a group of Teza employees attended, and asked questions about the projects and how the experience has changed the students’ perspectives on their lives and educational opportunities here in the United States. Afterwards, the students presented Teza with framed photos of all of the schools that Teza (and the Malyshevs personally) have sponsored.
While Oksana and the Teza meeting attendees deliberated over which country was most in need of a new school, the students had lunch with other Teza employees, who told them about their jobs and how they ended up in a STEM field. Misha joined as well, sharing his own story and reiterating to the students how important it is to value your own education as well as work to create educational opportunities for others.
The day culminated in an announcement that, while each presentation was extremely inspiring, the Malyshevs had decided to allocate their gift to Team Malawi. However, given the positive impression made by Team Haiti’s hard work and willingness to share their experiences, the Malyshevs also committed to sponsoring adult literacy classes in that country.
buildOn has released a report thanking Misha Malyshev and outlining the impact funding and volunteer hours can have on breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations.
Misha Malyshev and Teza Technologies have enjoyed a successful partnership with buildOn that has impacted the lives of many students, teachers and parents. A $150,000 donation by Misha and his wife has resulted in the building of five schools, two in Africa and three in Central America.
The two Central American schools were built in Nicaragua, one of which was in the Jiquelito Village.
LOS PINOS SCHOOL, JIQUELITO VILLAGE:
“ It will be a 100% turnaround. We were at a very low point with the old school. With this school there’s going to be a big change, we’ll have a good structure, which we didn’t have, plus the kids will be able to study comfortably. As a community we wished for a school with these features and of this quality for a long time. We wanted somebody, anybody to help us: the government or someone else. Thank God we could fulfill this dream with the help of buildOn. All the villagers and the teachers are really excited about this project.”
– Francisco Ramón Zeledón Aráuz, 33 years old, Village Leader
The three African schools were built in Malawi across three villages. The photo below shows the school before and after in Nthumbo Village.
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buildOn today announced that the $150,000 donation it received from Teza Technologies CEO Misha Malyshev and his wife, Oksana Malysheva, has resulted in the completion of five schools in Malawi and Nicaragua. The schools are providing more than 2,100 children in rural villages with a clean, safe place to learn. Additionally, through a partnership with each village, buildOn is ensuring that at least half of the schools’ students are female.
“Education is what allows people to move forward and create opportunities for themselves, their families and communities,” said Malyshev. “My wife and I, and my firm, are strong supporters of buildOn’s mission and we are delighted to see that these five schools have been completed.”
Full Misha Malyshev story from buildOn.