In addition to the nationally recognized internship, co-op, and service-learning programs, and award winning and nationally replicated service delivery programs (The Choice Program and the Shriver Peaceworker Program), The Shriver Center is currently involved in a number of innovative projects designed to further UMBC’s commitment to K-12 outreach.
Current K-12 Outreach Projects
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. It utilizes a 4th-12th grade system to prepare students who are in the academic “middle.” During the AVID elective period, students receive help with organizational skills, critical thinking, and support in needed academic areas.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Internship Program at UMBC In support of CRJ’s successful model for students to be placed at an internship once a week, UMBC is able to support the placement of 4 CRJ students. In addition to gaining work experience in the Service-Learning Department at The Shriver Center, CRJ students also receive tutoring once a week by a UMBC student.
LET’S GO Boys & Girls STEM LET’S GO engages elementary and middle school age children in hands-on science and robotics projects. UMBC students with majors in the STEM fields develop activities to encourage interest and participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
POWER This project involves the unique intersection of three areas: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, Energy and Environmental Public Awareness, and Service-Learning. Using these areas, the POWER project teaches 6th-8th grade students the basics about wind energy and other sustainable energy resources. Each grade level across schools focuses on a research question and make presentations on their findings. WeatherBug has installed weather monitoring stations at both of the schools to assist the students in their research. UMBC students deliver the science curriculum and help the students perform activities related to their research question.
For more information on becoming involved in a K-16 Partnership please contact Lori Hardesty at email@example.com.
Archive of Past K-12 Outreach Projects
National Science Foundation ‚Äì Vertically Integrated Partnerships (VIP)
K-16 Project: Project Director: Michele Wolff, Director, The Shriver Center. A subcontract award of $400,000 to support the efforts of a University System of Maryland-wide Math and Science Partnership grant from NSF. UMBC faculty and students participate in a series of initiatives designed to support high school science teachers in Montgomery County, Maryland and to recruit future teachers from the STEM disciplines. For more information on the VIP K-16 Project please visit the following website http://www.scienceinquiry.org/
Wheaton Public High School ‚The Institute for Global and Cultural Studies will allow high school students develop a rigorous and specialized track of study. The Shriver Center partners with UMBC’s Dean of Undergraduate Education, Montgomery College, and the Montgomery County Public School System to provide student and staff support to the creation of this new Academy.
National Science Foundation – Enhancing Science & Technology Education & Exploration Mentoring: PI: Dr. Anita Komlodi, Professor, Information Systems, Co-PI: Claudia Morrell, Director, Center for Women and Information Technology. An award of $868,776 from NSF supports the implementation of after school and summer programs designed to teach technology to middle school students.
Future Engineers in Dynamic Systems (FEDS) Academy: The Shriver Center partners with Dr. Weidong Zhu, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as part of a National Science Foundation Career Grant. The academy is a summer program for 10 high school juniors or seniors that includes modules on dynamic systems, vibrations, and controls.
Children’s Defense Fund, Freedom Schools, Digital Harbor High School:
The program creates a supportive, nurturing, literature-rich environment that sets high expectations for all children, focuses on literacy, cultural heritage, parental involvement, servant leadership, and social action, and builds students’ math skills through engaging, hands-on activities. For more information please contact Rehana Shafi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Science Foundation – Enhancing Science & Technology Education & Exploration Mentoring: PI: Dr. Anita Komlodi, Professor, Information Systems, Co-PI: Claudia Morrell, Director, Center for Women and Information Technology, and Co-PI: Michele Wolff, Director, The Shriver Center. An award of $868,776 from NSF supports the implementation of after school and summer programs designed to teach technology to middle school students. For more information please contact the Center for Women and Information Technology at email@example.com or Pamela Ezzat at PamelaEzzat@umbc.edu
Federal Hill Preparatory/NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center Partnership: With generous support from NASA, The Shriver Center is partnering with Federal Hill Preparatory to lead the STEM Classroom Fellowship Program. As Fellows, UMBC STEM students assist K-8 teachers at Federal Hill Prep in Baltimore City with science, technology, engineering, and/or math instruction and activities. Fellows commit 8 hours per week and receive a stipend of $1250 for the semester. For more information on Federal Hill Preparatory please click on the following link http://www.ingenuityproject.org/ingenuity_schools/elem.htm
MATHS (Maryland Academy of Technology and Health Sciences): The Shriver Center is partnering with MATHS, a Baltimore City public charter school (grades 8-12), to integrate UMBC STEM students into the classroom setting. UMBC STEM students work with teachers on curriculum development and student support through tutoring. UMBC tutors commit to a minimum of 3 hours of service per week. For more information on MATHS please visit their website at http://www.mathsbaltimore.org/Home.asp.
Baltimore National Academy Foundation (NAF) High School/CitiFinancial: With generous support from The CitiFinancial Group, The Shriver Center is partnering with administrators and teachers at NAF to enhance high school students’ performance on the Maryland High School Assessment. UMBC students serve as Coaches, working 3-5 hours a week in enhancing NAF students’ math and reading comprehension and writing skills. This after school program curriculum was designed by NAFs mathematics consultant.
For more information on NAF please visit their website at http://www.nafbaltimore.org/
Samuel F.B. Morse Elementary, Dogwood Elementary and Johnnycake Elementary Schools: The Center continues to reach out to local schools in Baltimore County and Baltimore City to provide UMBC students as resources in addressing each individual school identified needs. Selected students serve as a Classroom Fellows tutoring/working with students one-on-one or in small groups in multiplication, reading, writing and other subjects. Classroom Fellows are required to serve 3-5 hours per week for one semester. For additional information on Samuel F.B. Morse Elementary please visit: http://www.bcps.k12.md.us/Student_Performance/PDF/school_profiles/school098.pdf,
for Dogwood Elementary visit: http://dogwoodes.bcps.org/, and for Johnnycake Elementary please visit: http://www.bcps.org/schools/profile.asp.