INTRODUCING STUDENTS TO TOMORROW'S CAREERS IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
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A group of middle school students get to hear a presentation on water pressure and how it relates to mathematics.

Alliance for Education Path for Success

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Sparking Curiosity Early On…

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It's never too early to start learning how the world works. Babies begin exploring their worlds at a very early age, and research shows that many children find their future hobbies and careers before they even begin school. We recently asked a young woman at Upland High School this question: "When did you know that engineering was what you wanted to do?" She replied —"I was born doing this." She went on to recall sitting on her grandfather's lap while he worked on taking things apart and putting them back together, including her in projects like taking apart a VCR and putting it back in working condition. While you may not be comfortable taking apart electronics, there are plenty of things that parents can do to show their young children how things work.

How it Inspires Our Kids

The Alliance for Education partners with school districts, postsecondary partners and community and faith-based organizations to support efforts in providing early learning experiences and parent education. Examples of this partnership include work with the Watson and Associates Literacy Center at California State University, San Bernardino and local community and faith-based organizations such as The Church for Whosoever in Apple Valley to provide support in literacy development for students and their families. More information on the CSUSB Watson and Associates Literacy Center can be found at: http://literacy.csusb.edu/home.html.

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Check out the video from TED.com and the web links below for easy science projects that you can do with your child and more information on helping your young child with successful transition to school.

http://www.childcarelounge.com/activity/science-experiments.php

http://www.reachoutmichigan.org/funexperiments/quick/preschool.html

http://www.education.com/activity/preschool/science/

http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/preschool/

Trial and Error: How Tinkering Helps Kids Learn

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Science is one piece of the whole puzzle that is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM. Science needs mathematics and technology to help solve problems. Engineering provides design solutions. Together, they are a powerful way to encourage curiosity, provide practical tools for understanding the natural and man-made world that students live in, and together they help students to develop skills in critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity.

Where do we see practical examples of STEM on television? Programs that highlight knowledge and skills in STEM include Mythbusters, How Its Made, Cake Boss, Renovation Realities, and even American Choppers! Parents don't have to be engineers or scientists to help students engage in thinking about how things are made, the considerations behind making things a certain way, and the importance of both the academic and technical skills necessary to make products and processes that are safe, not harmful for people or the environment and that have a benefit to our communities and society as a whole. While shows like Mythbusters have a whole lot of fun exploring myths and testing hypotheses, they also highlight the importance of understanding how to structure an experiment, test a hypothesis, and adjust when needed to get the information needed to prove or disprove a particular myth. These skills when applied to STEM learning can help students regardless of their chosen career field. Students who understand how to think critically, solve problems and be creative will be on their way to success in a fast-changing, high-tech world.

How it Inspires Our Kids

The Alliance for Education continues to partner with school districts, postsecondary partners and community and faith-based organizations to support efforts in providing early learning experiences and parent education. If you or your organization would like to partner with the Alliance, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Check out the video from TED.com and the web links below for more exploration resources:

Maker Faire

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian:--check out the video on making a sound sandwich!

Boston Museum of Science's Engineering is Elementary Program

Start your engines! Middle school students use their math skills to calculate force versus height at the Auto Club Speedway Mathematics and Science Day

How it Inspires Our Kids –

More than 500 middle school students from eight San Bernardino County school districts were inspired to put their mathematics and science skills to use at the second Mathematics & Science Day at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana March 25, 2011.

The all day student event included math and science labs on speed, acceleration, mass, force, and friction. Students had an opportunity to hear and learn from:

  • Dave Rogers, crew chief of the No. 18 M&M's Sprint Cup Toyota Camry at Joe Gibbs Racing for driver Kyle Busch
  • Rutledge Wood, SPEEDTV personality and co-host of "Top Gear" on the History Channel
  • Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson and other cartoon characters.

Students also watched the movie "NASCAR: The IMAX Experience" to learn more about the history and science of NASCAR racing. The event was led by the Auto Club Speedway, the Alliance for Education and the Science, Environmental Education and Service Learning Programs.

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We would love to get your students involved in the Mathematics and Science Day, and the many other STEM related events led by the Alliance for Education. Contact us here and we will work to inspire your students through hands-on learning opportunities!

Supporting Resources:

Auto Club Speedway 

The Alliance for Education – Calendar of Events

Trash to Fighting Fires: ABLE Day at Yucaipa High School Applies Mathematics to Today's Careers

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Raise your hand if you love Algebra: Caltrans Construction Lead Jerry De Santos teaches Yucaipa High School students how studying volume and dimensional analysis can help them achieve great careers.

How it Inspires Our Kids

The Alliance for Education, through its ABLE program, brought four distinguished speakers to Yucaipa High School to teach students how mathematics applies to their future careers. The half day event filled with interactive presentations allowed students to learn about and be inspired by:

  •  "Fighting Fires With Algebra" by Firefighter Tom Rubio
  •  "Hold Me Back: Volume and Dimensional Analysis" by Caltrans Construction Lead Jerry De Santos
  •  "Who Wants to Be a Trash Man: Graphing" by Compliance Auditor David Fisher
  •  "Surveyor Math: Pythagorean Theorem" by Surveyor Duane Friel

"Real world application of Algebra is not something our students are not regularly exposed to. ABLE Day gave our students an understanding of how mathematics can help you achieve a successful, high-paying — and fun! — career." Yucaipa Assistant Principal Christina Pierce

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If you or your child would like to participate in an ABLE Day, contact us here! Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you our latest news and events. Also, you can visit our Calendar of Events and you can search for upcoming events.

It’s not your parent’s vocational education!

How It Inspires Our Kids

Career Technical Education in California is high-tech, high-skill focused education combining academic concepts with read world application.

At Chino Hills High School, the Health Science Academy (HSA), established in 2007 is a great example of how Regional Occupational Programs (ROP) combine with traditional academic studies and emerging STEM courses to build a successful pathway where students have real-world experiences hear from experts in health sciences and participate in hands-on education from Chemistry and English to their medical courses.

Students at Chino Hills High School 's HSA participate in internships at sites including Pomona Valley Medical Center, Chino Valley Medical Center, Smith College, and the University of La Verne.

Students also participate in community service projects including the Relay for Life, supporting cancer research Disability Dance and the Autism Walk. Upon graduation, students are accepted into technical programs through university programs with many electing to pursue health care as a career. According to Sean Delgado, Assistant Principal at Chino Hills High School, students enjoy being part of the Health Science Academy because "it's like being in a family that supports you through your high school experience."

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If you or your child would like to learn more about Career Technical Education, contact us here! Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you our latest news and events. Also, you can visit our Calendar of Events and you can search for upcoming events.