The Schooba Mentor program kicked off this past Tuesday, and both students and mentors began their training for the Naui Scuba Diver Certification. Instruction for the course is being run by Ocean Horizons Scuba. All classes will consist of a classroom and pool session. Tuesday provided a basic introduction to scuba and its equipment, followed by a pool session covering basic swimming and skin diving skills and techniques. Session 1 is in the books, so grab a slice at Schmooks, your crochet hooks, that Sharper Image alarm clock that made sounds of babbling brooks, and have a looks!
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This past Saturday, we took a small group to the Lower East Side Ecology Center. They’re located in East River Park, and “work toward a more sustainable New York City by providing community-based recycling and composting programs, developing local stewardship of green space, and increasing community awareness, involvement and youth development through environmental education programs.” Have a look at some snapshots from the day.
It was then time for a little East River fishing!
Next trip: NY Aquarium on 4/2. Stay posted!
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On January 15, The Schooba Academy launched its pilot program. On March 13, it went out with a bang. For their last event of the course, the Schoobents got back in pool to test their wits at some underwater science! (All underwater photos courtesy of Oceanblue Divers. Thank you!)
Again, we did our training at Waterside Plaza with Oceanblue Divers.
We got to the pool and began gearing up.
There was a quick refresher course, and we were all set to go!
Once underwater, some science was in order.
We then turned our science experiment into a football and invented a new sport! …All the while investigating the amazing properties of water.
The pool was our playground inside of a classroom. We scuba’d, we science’d, and we had a whole lot of fun. A few more shots from the day:
Big thanks to Oceanblue Divers and all who came down and helped out. More to come soon, so stay with the tune!
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“Staten Island is like its own little island.” – Anonymous Schoobent
Oh, how right he is. And this past Saturday, The Schooba Academy got up close and personal with New York’s most isolated borough. We met at 10:00AM and headed out for The Schooba Academy’s first boat ride.
We arrived at the terminal just in time for our ferry.
We arrived at the other island, ate our lunch, and headed for the museum. It was a short but totally awesome walk that brought us within mere feet of Yankees Stadium!!
Inside the museum:
After the museum, it was back to the boat and BK! Big thanks to Alyssa and Jesus’ family for helping out. Only one more event to go for the pilot program! Next up, final pool session!
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With just a week to go until the end of our pilot program, Lyons Community School has commissioned Schooba to run another course! The decision came as a result of their recent receiving of a grant, so details are still a bit up in the air. Some things we do know:
- The course will be 54 hours long!
- We will be working exclusively with students that are over-age and under-credited!!
- Students will be able to receive up to 3 High School Science credits!!!
- We’ll be getting paid!!!!
- Classes start Monday, 3/7!!!!
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The Schooba curriculum works as an interactive guide, where a combination of lessons, activities, and demonstrations present standards-based science through scuba diving.
In the pilot curriculum, 5 NYS Intermediate Level (Grades 5-8) Science Core Curriculum Major Understandings are covered:
- LE 1.2d During respiration, cells use oxygen to release the energy stored in food. The respiratory system supplies oxygen and removes carbon dioxide (gas exchange)
- PE 2.1b As altitude increases, air pressure decreases
- PE 3.1d Gases have neither a determined shape nor a definite volume. Gases assume the shape and volume of a closed container
- PE 3.1h Density can be described as the amount of matter that is in a given amount of space. If two objects have equal volume, but one has more mass, the one with more mass is denser
- PE 3.1i Buoyancy is determined by comparative densities
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Last night The Schooba Academy made its first ever appearance at the illustrious Explorer’s Club. Set amidst the quaint brownstones of the Upper East Side, the EC headquarters is a gathering place for some of the world’s greatest explorers. Among the club members’ many accomplishments are: first to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mt. Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, and first to the moon. Not extraordinary at the club, you might find your Average Joe sharing good cheese and conversation with a swashbuckler of world fame.
Last night, I went to listen to Jarrod Jablonski and Casey McKinlay speak about their adventures exploring some of the largest underwater cave systems in the world. As tradition, transition from the cocktail hour into the lecture hall is signaled by the ringing of the famous Explorer’s Club bell. And as fate would have it, last night, that honor fell on moi. I thought I’d capture my 15 minutes via my camera phone, and I quickly handed it off to the gentleman next to me in tweed … which turned out to be a bad choice.
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The Schooba Academy
Teaching Science through SCUBA
Who we are:
The Schooba Academy has designed a curriculum that aligns the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver training to address 20 NYS Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum Major Understandings. In our program, students from low-income communities are paired with a screened and qualified mentor, and together they complete the Schooba course. Throughout the program, the student receives 1:1 tutoring from their mentor on the science involved in SCUBA diving.
Why we work:
We believe that a knowledge of science empowers people to be critical and conscious citizens, and that an authentic, long-term engagement is the best foundation for this knowledge. Unfortunately, students from low-income communities continue to lack skills and an interest in the sciences when compared to their higher-income peers.
The Schooba Academy’s mission is to foster a sustained engagement in science for students from low-income communities through the learning of SCUBA diving.
What will happen:
A student that completes our program will become a student that sees science as an interesting and worthwhile investment. This student will perform better in science academically, pursue careers and opportunities in science more aggressively, and be more critical and conscious in their decisions.
The Schooba Academy is looking to partner with various SCUBA related businesses. We are in need of PADI Open Water Diver Manuals, SCUBA equipment, and the use of pool facilities. In return, our partners will receive:
- The opportunity of being a part of a new and innovative organization dedicated to helping young people in need
- Positive PR and the opportunity of marketing their involvement with The Schooba Academy
- Retail traffic
- Exclusive Open Water training dive referrals for our partnering dive shop