Reach Out! 12/98 Progress Report: I. Anecdotal Report F

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Erika Arias

Master's Candidate in Educational Technology

Erika just began working with Reach Out! and the CUOS K–12 Outreach program this fall. She comes with a desire to help elementary teachers and children use technology to learn science. She wants to help them access real-time information, simulate authentic problems and solve them, and access the wealth of resources that are available for learning, from earth science to biology to chemistry.

Erika has picked up Web work quickly and become one of our most productive coders, adding new lessons and activities, linking to math and science tutorial and study resources, and updating and creating Web pages for UM and Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis career resources.

As she examines her research goals and objectives for upcoming courses, Erika may find a niche with one of the Reach Out! elementary sites, directly interacting with teachers and children. She is also interested in providing Web workshops for community members, teachers, and youngsters. As a new member of Reach Out!, she brings some objectivity and new perspective into our lives, and will no doubt become integrally involved with children as she defines her passion and goals.

Rachel Keefer     -     Natural Resources undergraduate

Rachel is another new student with Reach Out! She is a transfer student to UM and brings with her experience in tutoring and mentoring programs. Rachel tried working with Web tasks but found she did not like that area. Instead, she pondered what programs and sites were up and running, and she chose to work with Karyl at Pioneer on the mentoring program.

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Rachel volunteers herself as a mentor, and she is developing a program and plan to help mentors encourage their students in looking at personal skills and abilities, exploring careers, and hopefully going on some tours and job shadowing experiences to see first-hand what post–high school educational programs are available in our area and what work looks like in fields they have an interest in. Through Rachel, we are pushing mentoring a step beyond helping teens with homework and skills to examining personal goals and possible futures.

Srinivas Sridhara

PreMed undergraduate

As the service coordinator for the UM PreMed Club last year, Srinivas got involved with Aarti to see if the club's members might adopt the CCoG elementary science clubs. Over time, he has been an instrumental volunteer. He has remained faithful to the program and children, ensured that the commitment was passed on to this year's PreMed Club service committee, and personally continues to go out with the kids every week. He also drives the UM 15-passenger van (which the Church now pays for). Reach Out! requires not only paid student coordinators, but also empowered and dedicated volunteers in order to make a program sustainable. As he shared with Veronica this fall on the way home, "I hope that the PreMed Club will always do science at CCoG. It is the becoming the key program for the Club."

I. Anecdotal Report
  A. Grace Kim
  B. Alicia Pinderhughes
  C. Debbie McCartney
  D. Marie Tripp, Jim Birnby & Amy Raudenbush, Aarti Raheja
  E. Yamina Acebo, Karyl Shand
  F. Roselle Herrera, John Nees, Fritz Weihe, Andy Rundquist, Reulonda Norman
  G. Cherita Hunter, Faye Booker-Logan
  H. Veronica Cottingham, Doris Calvert
  I. Erika Arias, Rachel Keefer, Srinivas Sridhara
II. Traditional Report
  A. Expand established programs
    1. Tutoring
    2. Wizards for Hands-On Science Activities
    3. Career Exploration
  B. Support for Michigan Mandate and Agenda for Women Goals
  C. Lessons Learned
  D. Next Steps
Appendix A: Volunteer Mentors from Fall 1997 through Fall 1998
Appendix B: Science Club Volunteers from Fall 1997 through Fall 1998
Appendix C: Outreach Sites from Fall 1997 through Fall 1998

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