March Math Madness

by Heidy Shinn

Prinipal, Rocketship Sí Se Puede Academy

 “Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.” – Dean Schlicter

When it comes to STEM education, the case for curiosity and exploration often gets lost in the traditional classroom. At Rocketship we believe in encouraging our student’s appetite for learning by igniting their curiosity and allowing them to experience learning. Last month for example, Rocketeers at Si Se Puede Academy found the connection between math and basketball during the NCAA March Madness tournament as they were transformed into court-side statisticians at the SAP Center in San Jose.

We caught up with Si Se Puede Principal Heidy Shin to find out more about this March Math Madness. Check out her story below. 

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Planting Roots in STEM: Rocketship Girls Explore Science at eBay

by Monique Arnal-Castro
Teacher, Rocketship Fuerza Community Prep
It was former NASA ambassador and actress Nichelle Nichols who said, “Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game. It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and where we’re going.” Unfortunately, while they are doing incredible work, women are under-represented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The lack of female visibility in STEM is damaging to the aspirations of our nation’s young women and girls. That’s why we’re working with community partners like Techbridge to inspire a greater understanding of STEM in the workplace and help girls envision their future in these increasingly important fields. Our goal is to develop their confidence and skills in a way that makes them keen competitors in the STEM job market.

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Rocketship Alumni win National Samsung Solve STEM Competition

by Maya Diaz & Pedro Castillo
Students, Downtown College Prep Alum Rock High School

Rocketeers learn how to solve problems and blast beyond the status quo long after they graduate. As our teachers work tirelessly to prepare students for lifelong success, stories like Maya Diaz’s and Pedro Castillo’s fill us with pride. Continue reading

Blasting Beyond the Classroom Walls: 5th Grade Science Camp

by Kevin Bronk
Editor, Beyond

A great education blasts beyond the walls of the classroom. Fifth grade science camp does just that. Every year, all of our Bay Area fifth grade Rocketeers launch out of their comfort zones, contemplate their camp names (Speedy Turtle, Ms. Mountain Lion and Fuzzy Bear) and lace up their boots to explore the great outdoors together.

But what is science camp all about? I sat down with Jerry Baker, cofounder of Tuolumne Trails to find out. Tuolumne Trails is located on 80 beautiful acres of Sierra Nevada wilderness outside the mountain community of Groveland, California near the grandeur of Yosemite National Park. Originally designed for kids with disabilities, Tuolumne has grown to support a variety of programs, one of which is Rocketship’s Science Camp. Jerry and his small staff have hosted dozens of our outdoor adventures over the last three years. He offered me insights into the world of outdoor camp, but also into the fragility of life, the joy of learning and the power of discovery.  Continue reading