Measles Outbreak: Classroom Visit

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On March 17th, I spent 7th period with a regents level Living Environment class. I had asked them to read an NPR article about the Disneyland measles outbreak the night before. I presented a few slides with background information about measles, focusing on viral replication and mechanism, since they were learning about those topics in their class at the time. After the background, we discussed the anti-vaccination movement. I showed them a political cartoon from 1930 depicting resistance to smallpox vaccination.

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Zombie Crochet

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The zombie I (right) crocheted as an example.

Several students had expressed an interest in “making something” during after school time. ¬†Since that is delightfully non-specific, it took me a little while to actually come up with an activity that would appeal to the young men who regularly attend my after school sessions. ¬†They are very much into zombies in popular culture, and I remembered that there was a pattern for a plush zombie in a book I’ve had for a while now, “Creepy Cute Crochet“.

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Power Through Lunch with 3Helix

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On Friday, March 28th, 3Helix fellows showed up bright and early to Albany High School’s STEM themed Innovation Academy. As part of Innovation Academy’s Power Lunch series, 3Helix brought together some of their most exciting culturally situated and socially just STEM activities. This exciting event allowed teachers and students to explore connections between Ghanaian adinkra symbols and computing, hexagonal weaving patterns and carbon molecules, e-waste, art, and sustainability, and critical thinking and 3D-Printing.

This was the first test run with C-Snap, our new CSDT platform. Not only did students explore transformational geometry using the C-Snap version of adinkra grapher, but generated conversations with mentors about how the meanings behind the adinkra symbols connect to students’ personal and community goals. 3Helix plans to continue collaborations with students and teachers at Innovation Academy through an after school drop-in space next year.