Posts Tagged 'tutor'

Schooba gets a mention in Scientific American!

Scientific American, the oldest continuously published magazine in the US (Founded in 1845!), recently launched their ‘Bring Science Home‘ initiative, which will offer 20 free tabletop science activities during the month of May.  Check it out, and then check out our mention for helping with the project! (Link below, second to last paragraph.)

Welcome to ‘Bring Science Home’

Schooba now listed in the National After School Science Directory

Check out our profile in the National After School Science Directory.  Search by zip code or keyword, it don’t matter!

Schooba partners with Ocean Horizons Scuba!

Ocean Horizons Scuba is Brooklyn’s premier scuba shop, offering instruction from entry level to instructor certification.  They’ll be hooking us up (big time!!) for our in-water training which will take place at St. Francis College in their 13 foot pool!  Super huge thanks for all of your support!

Check ‘em out:

www.oceanhorizonscuba.com

Explorers Club, 4/16

Yet another successful expedition.  Some captured moments in time:

G'Imani, really into her scuba diving magazine.

Duane and a big cat.

Dr. Russell Seidel, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Dowling College, our lecturer for the day.

"Aww, Com'n, Dr. Russ, I thought we were going to do some tough stuff today." - The Schoobents, sulking

"Yeah, no duh." - The Schoobents, in unison.

G'Imani exploring the Explorers Club flag and all of the places it has been.

G'Imani and Nyell exploring the Cheetah.

Boss Duane, with his elephant tusk.

Boss Duane, with his elephant tusks ... again.

Nyell, looking at the Explorers Club flag and thinking about exploring.

Having a look at some of the different Explorers Club explorers.

Big thanks to everyone at the Explorers Club and Dowling College!  Next weekend trip – Earth Day Rockaway, 4/30!

Schooba partners with MWA!

The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is a nonprofit organization that “works to transform the New York and New Jersey Harbor and Waterways to make them cleaner and more accessible, a vibrant place to play, learn and work with great parks, great jobs and great transportation for all.”

Check out our profile on their partners page:

http://www.waterfrontalliance.org/partners/schooba

NY Aquarium trip 4.2.11

Another fantastic expedition!  Check it out:

Hakeem in his new shirt

Waiting for the L train ... Before some serious lectures on why Mike and Ikes, Oreos, and Good 'N Plenty are not a balanced breakfast.

Hakeem and the Cyclone

The Crew, actin' cool

Big thanks to Richard Blankfein, Dive Safety Officer of the Aquarium, who hooked us up and gave us another behind-the-scenes tour of the compound.

Yashira exploring coral reefs

Wise words from the kiosk ...Can we call that a kiosk?

Who knew neon tetras could be so cool?

Richard and the seals ... Ok, that sounds like a band name.

Hakeem and a Sand Tiger

Yashira and the jellies ...Ok, that also sounds like a band name.

Wait for it ...

Wait for it! ...

(Sound of water rushing.)

"Phew, that was a close call. We almost got drenched!" - Yashira

Yashira on the beach.

Hakeem on the beach.

And a short video clip: Hakeem getting shut down.

Next trip: Explorers Club, 4/16/11 – Stay Tuned!

Government approved!

…Almost.

“Consent to filing with the Department of State”

Check out that official seal.

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!

Last week of tutoring for the pilot!

Today marks the beginning of the last week of tutoring for the pilot program.  I don’t know if I could be more excited or pleased with the way everything unfolded.  Although it is still up in the air exactly what are the next steps for Schooba, the pilot – even thus far – has provided invaluable information for what works and what doesn’t, for what is possible and what is not.    …Not to mention providing kids from the inner-city with some pretty awesome experiences and opportunities, if I do say so myself.

Kids will be taking their post-assessments and surveys this week, so stay tuned to hear about their progress.

Upcoming events:

March 5 – Staten Island Ferry and Museum

March 13 – Final pool session


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