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.
A few weeks ago, Teza employees participated in the After-School All-Stars Climb 4 Kids event in New York City, raising money for ASAS’ programs. Participants climbed the stars at 4 World Trade Center, a feat that involved over 1200 feet. The event raised nearly $95,000 and concluded with an after party at the top of the WTC. Teza’s Kerran Flanagan finished third overall. Below is a video highlighting evening.
Promotional videos have been posted, and GDH recaps have been posted in the past. Here’s some information from the Adler Planetarium on the 2015 installment of Girls Do Hack.
Who: 80 young women, in grades 9-11, from across the city of Chicago
What: The young women will have the opportunity to engage in activities that emphasize skills needed to pursue careers in a variety of STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, Math) fields through hands-on, minds-on experiences and workshops.
How: GDH is created by a team of Adler’s scientists, educators and program specialists, matching girls with actual female STEM professionals that act as mentors.
Why: Women currently make up less than 1/4 of the workforce in STEM fields.
The All-Star Climb 4 Kids, a challenge organized by After-School All-Stars to climb the steps of 4 World Trade Center, raised almost $95,000 last week. The 68 floor, 1,632 step journey had over 200 participants, including a team from Teza Technologies. Teza’s own Kerran Flanagan finished third overall, completing the climb in 11 minutes and 19 seconds. The event was capped off with an after-party at the top.
Teza has supported After School All-Stars programming in Chicago over the past few years, and the company is getting its New York office involved with an upcoming event. Teza is challenging its employees to climb 68 floors of 4 World Trade Center as part of the After-School All-Stars Stair Climb. It is 1200 feet to the top of 4 World Trade Center.
The climb starts at 5:00 PM October 22, 2015.
This fitness event mirrors the challenge that ASAS poses to their All-Star Students every day. Dream big. Reach for the stars. Make healthy lifestyle choices and engage in physical activity on a daily basis. ASAS has issued the same challenge to their network of supporters, and Teza doesn’t back down from a challenge!
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STEM CampUs took place last week in Chicago, with 30 middle school students participating in the week-long overnight experience sponsored by Teza Technologies and Misha Malyshev. The free camp was hosted at the University of Chicago, with the students using the dorms and dining hall, while attending workshops in college classrooms. The mentorship program paired students with college mentors along with high school students and After-School All-Stars staff providing mentorship and support.
100% of campers said they would recommend the program to a friend and learned the following:
How to be a leader
How to calculate GPA
College application process
Importance of letters of recommendation
Importance of a mentor or role model in high school
Importance of getting involved in high school
What to expect in high school
In the Battle of the Apps challenge, the students worked in groups to invent a digital app, develop a business and marketing plan and craft a pitch to sell their ideas. A panel of judges reviewed the plans and selected “Science4U” as the winner. This concept is an education-based app that provided fun activities that target specific science skills for students from elementary to high school.
A panel of high school students from After School Matters answered questions during the daily High School & College Readiness programing. They also learned about the college application precess from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The campers even received an opportunity to write their own college entrance essays.
After School Matters — a nonprofit organization that provides out-of-school programming opportunities for Chicago teens — has announced Teza Technologies is sponsoring two STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs for After School Matters teens this spring. Teza Technologies is an avid supporter of the organization, and Teza’s CEO and founder, Misha Malyshev, was named to After School Matters’ board of directors in 2013.
Junior Research Scientists, the first program, took place on April 23 at Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Science and Mathematics. ASM teens designed, engineered and built solar power based projects, while conducting college-level research and working with established scientists in a college setting.
“After School Matters is proud to have Teza Technologies as a strong partner in expanding our STEM offerings to teens,” said Mary Ellen Caron, chief executive officer of After School Matters. “By exposing young people to innovative fields that can lead to college and career opportunities, we’re empowering our teens with the tools they need to be successful adults.”
Teza Technologies Quantitative Researcher David Thomas was recently quoted in an article from MIT News about a special engineering class.
If you’re playing improvisational games or Taboo in class, chances are you’re in 6.UAT (Oral Communication). This is not your average engineering class — yet instructors and students agree that 6.UAT is invaluable to success in engineering.
“All of us [alumni] looking back think that 6.UAT might have been the most important class in our curriculum,” says David Thomas ’13, a quantitative researcher for Teza Technologies. “I can’t imagine a more quantitative and technical job than the one I have, but a big part of the job is convincing people a project is worth pursuing and getting partners on board.”