What would it be like if all children learned all the sciences and math disciplines? What would be wrong with envisioning such a series of communities--full of every kind of child, with one thing in common, an assurance of success toward engineering, nanotechnology, and rocket science. It appears that some communities have started and are well on their way. While others remain stuck on the other side of the divide. A significant level of influence and access has to be garnered in urban communities.
Learning communities are examples of what is possible once there is a high degree of cooperation between young people and the community. An agreement to learn the brainy things, to be an engineer, a software specialist, or a doctor. What are the ingredients to excite our youth about education and learning? Joseph Joshua Collaborative (JJC) has taken the strategy for influence and access to a predictable platform--fun. Simply using the natural items already in place to provide the metrics that are a part of young peoples' environments. If kids are observed, the pattern of their interest is revealed. The clear items engaging kids is having fun and playing; adults too.
The design of a method to excite kids is clearly a fun and entertainment based program. The educational and entertainment industry has launched many successful programs. Sesame Street, the Electric Company, Discovery and Disney television channels, which also have retail outlets to satisfy this demand. The circus coming to town releases a level of excitement captured by the U.T.S. Circus with response to the same demand.
Ergo, fun and learning go hand and hand in many long-term success campaigns Playskool is the model of the JJC solution applied advance studies performance slumps. Familiarity overcomes the barriers to top performing grades. Early childhood exposure increases acumen in all learning topics.
The cultural and historical attitudes toward education and learning vary. In general as the difficulty increases the students population wanes. The available candidates for technical positions do not exist. The historical reference is based in common fraternal aspects of families. "Like father like son." This is great when the father is an astronaut, scientist, pilot, etc.
Additionally, the JJC focus is to incubate the first timers, the first in a family to complete college, earn an advance degree, or become a doctor, a specialist, an astronaut. The first to speak a second language, start a business, or become a world renowned artist. Even then sciences and technologies are needed. a cultural position has to be made by ordinary people caring.
The cultural aspect to learning is this ability to pass off some insiders information, get a personal mentor--mom and have a network of professionals to provide advice, insight, and educated opinions. A pool of knowledge that is accessible. The team of community supporters is a major reference, as well as any positive cultural assets in urban and disadvantaged youth societies. The disadvantage is the second tier of support while the family is being tasked. UTS circus is the solution by placing STEM examples as exhibits everywhere.
Urban Technology & Science Circus
Exhibits will share STEM ( science, technology, engineering, and math based principles.
U.T.S. Circus (urban technology& science) is addressing the disenfranchised youth in urban settings challenged by sciences and math based topics. The UTS Circus approach is based on familiar fun and not a grade or getting a passing score. The exhibits are physical examples of STEM ( science, technology, engineering, and math principles.
"A wonderful idea," stated Charles Vest, President, of the National Academy of Engineering , President Emeritus, MIT.
SD Science Festival 2012 Co keynote speaker.
This is why it is a wonderful idea. The whole community can adopt being a learning community and reinforce the cultural importance, the empowerment to overcome these simple STEM topics. This way the youth experience the ideas earlier in life and will understand more of the supporting ideas of more complex studies. As critical as basic multiplication is to space exploration; the early exposure and overall time and experience with STEM data creates competency.
UTS Circus is an semi-annual event as well as an ongoing exhibit in the community. Simpler version of the circus exhibits will be located at parks, malls, schools etc. The exhibits maybe complex in the circus the community exhibits will be safety qualified since supervision isn't required. Those exhibits will be sturdier and child proof.
A simple idea is the effect of gravity. A exhibit will allow kids to jump and reference a mark or ring a bell based on their gravitational applications of the planets or space. The exhibit can basically be stretched elastic / netting that varies in thickness and elasticity, a trampoline of sorts with a launching pedestal that represent a comparative jump landing cushions.
3-5 pedestals representing the gravity on the earth vs four other locations and several like Jupiter or the Sun that are so extreme you can't jump from the pedestal. Those would be informational with no access to the trampoline or cushions. Just a placard for the information or a calculator to determine the weight on others planets
The winning metric the thought you can't jump as high if we were on Jupiter. http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/weight/.
Another exhibit can be an helium filled balloon connected on a camera, or on a pulley system attached to poles. The camera can be directed toward student to display their image 50 feet up. This is a satellite and space principles in use. The exhibit can have a computer associated with it to show satellite view of their home via Goggle maps- satellite view. Or helium balloons placed into a netting to determine the amount needed to lift an apple, brick, or human off the ground.
UTS Circus a mobile science exhibit that is interactive and saturated in communities of learning. There will be several events per year, locally, cost through variable access methods-- charitable tickets or bringing recyclable goods at the event or prior to with a RSVP registration for alternatives to money, low to no cost as well. The units that are located in parks and beaches, and other public areas like a mall, university, or church will be free. The other phase of the UTS Circus is having in place a 100 exhibits in circulation at any given time creating an UTS community.
Often parents that have STEM challenges find it difficult to support a student through a barrier they could not overcome. The UTS circus approach educates and informs the whole family. This makes STEM a cultural aspect besides a barrier.