Posts Tagged 'fun'

Pool session 3/13/11

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!)

The mile long walk from the L train ain't no thang for The Schooba Academy.

Again, we did our training at Waterside Plaza with Oceanblue Divers.

We took a short detour to bask in the sights, sounds, and smells of the glorious East River.

We got to the pool and began gearing up.

Lassana and Rodney gearing up.

Some more gearing up

The scene upon arrival.

Matt, taking in the Schooba scene.

There was a quick refresher course, and we were all set to go!

Big thanks to JW for coming down and helping out both in and out of the water.

"Hey Zach, can you help me out. Please hurry up because I want to go scuba diving so bad. Schooba rules." - Rolman

"Now that's more like it." - Rolman

Once underwater, some science was in order.

The classic Cartesian diver experiment, not so classic anymore.

"Yo, that's crazy. Let me see that! ...Science rules!" - Rolman

"What are you guys so excited about? Hold on, I don't want to miss any science. I'm coming over." - Lassana

"Hold your horses. I'm coming. This underwater world is new to me." - Lassana

"Ok, I made it. Now, let's see what all the fuss is about." - Lassana

"Oh, no way! Science underwater!! Now, that's cool. No, I won't give it back yet. Not until I experiment with it for a while." - Lassana

Lassana experimenting underwater.

We then turned our science experiment into a football and invented a new sport!  …All the while investigating the amazing properties of water.

Juan examining hydrodynamics.

Rolman doing exactly the same.

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:

Rodney surfacing after his first experience underwater. ... He didn't stay for very long.

Me chillin' with the dudes underwater.

Rolman cleaning up after his science experiment did not go as planned. (It's a balloon.)

Lassana, feeling right at home.

Group shot before our departure.

Big thanks to Oceanblue Divers and all who came down and helped out.  More to come soon, so stay with the tune!

Staten Island Ferry and Museum trip!

“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.

L to the 4/5 down to Bowling Green (accounting for scheduled service changes). Check out Rodney's reading material.

Doing some science problems.

We arrived at the terminal just in time for our ferry.

An almost group shot in front of the terminal. The sign above us reads, "Staten Island Ferry". The bag I'm carrying holds 14 Sergio sandwiches.

All aboard!!

Beat that view.

On the stern.

Jesus and his family, enjoying the salty breeze.

Lassana pondering on the purpose of life.

More quality family time. Lassana with his cuz, Aboubacar.

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:

They have a whole room on NYC waterways. This dive suit was used until 1984!

Checkin' out the microminerals

Rolman on the scope.

Jesus has a go.

Checkin out the jars. All specimens found on or around Staten Is.

Inside the fluorescent rock room.

The youngest Schoobent.

Another almost group shot, this time with the diver.

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!

Schooba to run a new program, this time bearing credits!

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!!!!

Stay tuned!

Schooba, out.

My one pager, take 2

Let me know what you think … seriously.

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.

Partnership:

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

Executive Summary, Mission, Objectives

Yes, it has been a while, I know.  But before you smash my favorite ukulele and storm out in a fit, please, hear me out!!  …Where was I?  I was … I was … I was … writing my business plan!

And what a plan it is!  Much has changed since we spoke last, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.  If you have any interest in seeing the first draft of the business plan in its entirety, please just email me (zach@schooba.org), and I will send a copy your way.  Otherwise, I’ll be posting parts of the plan through the next week or so, so stay tuned! Also, check out the ‘About Schooba’  section of the blog as it has been updated, as well.

Please be advised that this is only the first draft, and that what you’re reading is not only open to change, but likely to.

Executive Summary

The Schooba Academy is a soon to be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission of fostering a sustained engagement in science for students from low-income communities through having them learn how to SCUBA dive.  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 interest in the sciences when compared to their more wealthy peers.

At The Schooba Academy, students from low-income communities are paired with a screened and qualified mentor, and together they complete the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver training course.  Throughout the training process the student receives xx number of hours of 1:1 tutoring from their mentor on xx number of NYS Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum Major Understandings.

The Schooba Academy fosters engagement by creating an experience where students are both learning and having fun.  The use of SCUBA diving as an engaging, relevant, and experiential vehicle for the learning of science, and the providing of 1:1 tutoring ensure this is the case.

All of the start-up expenses for the program have been covered by an investment of $20,000 by Zach Rome.  The Schooba Academy is planning for its inaugural class in September, 2011, where it will operate at an estimated budget of $4,700 per month.  Approximately 10% of this will be generated through Earned Income of the program.  The remainder ( $4,324) will need to be secured through Government/Public Funding, Private Giving, and Fundraising Events.

For at least the first year of operation, The Schooba Academy will serve only students from NYC.

Mission

The Schooba Academy works to foster a sustained engagement in science for students from low-income communities through learning how to SCUBA dive.

Objectives

The Schooba Academy’s objectives during the first year of operation are:

  • To teach xx number of NYS Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum Major Understandings through the use of SCUBA diving
  • To provide each student with xx hours of 1:1 science tutoring with a qualified mentor
  • For 80% of tutored students to pass the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Final Exam
  • For 80% of tutored students to sustain an interest in science for at least one year

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