Y-WE Career Day at Cascadia Community College

On Saturday (4/21) we were able to take some of the women in STUDIO to the Young-Women Empowered (Y-WE) Career Day which was held at the Cascadia Community College campus in Bothell, Washington. Y-WE Career Day is an event primarily for women, girls and female-identified youth ages 13-18.  Our young women got to meet successful women in different industries, as well as learn about their journeys and tips for career success. Some of the workshop topics included: 7 Common Career Myths, Creating Your Personal Brand, Flight Nursing: Airlift, and so much more! 

A little more about Y-WE:

Y-WE provides mentorship and empowerment programs for teen women in the greater Seattle area. We serve a diverse group of girls, ages 13-18, and women mentors, ages 19-70+. The organization is open to young women from all walks of life. Currently, over 70% of the youth are immigrants to the US and 80% of the youth and 50% of the adults are women of color. Our youth and mentors also represent a myriad of family, sexual orientation, religious, political, and educational backgrounds. We offer our programs free of charge, and we invite families to contribute as they are able.  Each year we directly serve over 500 girls and women; and we impact over 1500 community members.

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Y-WE STEM day at Microsoft

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This past Saturday we were able to take some of the women in STUDIO to the Y-WE STEM Exploration day which was held on the Microsoft campus in Redmond.  Y-WE STEM Exploration Day is an event primarily for women, girls and female-identified youth ages 13-18.  Our young women got to explore various workshops catered toward STEM empowerment.  some of the workshop topics included: Social VR, sexism in comic books, tinkering with circuits, and so much more! 

A little more about Y-WE:

Y-WE provides mentorship and empowerment programs for teen women in the greater Seattle area. We serve a diverse group of girls, ages 13-18, and women mentors, ages 19-70+. The organization is open to young women from all walks of life. Currently, over 70% of the youth are immigrants to the US and 80% of the youth and 50% of the adults are women of color. Our youth and mentors also represent a myriad of family, sexual orientation, religious, political, and educational backgrounds. We offer our programs free of charge, and we invite families to contribute as they are able.  Each year we directly serve over 500 girls and women; and we impact over 1500 community members.

 

Monday Sports & Why STUDIO?

Come play basketball and other sports with STUDIO on Mondays after-school! The program goes from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, and is designed for middle-school to high-school girls and boys. Our team will work with youth to develop hand-eye coordination, strategy, physical training, and mental attitude to increase success in school, STEM, athletics, and their future careers. Youth simply need to drop by Neighborhood House High Point (Address: 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126 at 4:00 pm! 

For the rest of our programs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, you should also come check us out! Here's why:

  • The time management, projects, concepts, and soft skills learned in STUDIO transfer to resumes for high-school and college internships as well as jobs after high-school.
    • Employers want to find the best-of-the-best in various skills and not just high grades!
  • The most successful people such as Barack Obama, Russell Wilson, Kendrick Lamar, LeBron James, Bill Gates, etc. started early in their career training.
    • STUDIO offers youth around High Point these same opportunities!
  • We offer tutoring, college application, and career advice in every STEM field for all youth, having been through these processes ourselves as middle-school and high-school students.
  • For youth that are still not sure about the future careers they would like to pursue, STUDIO provides opportunities to explore careers they are not normally exposed to in school.
  • Youth will get the opportunity to interact, ask questions about, and build future career skills with experts in STEM fields.

So come check us out!

 

UW mentors

Through a partnership with the University of Washington, STUDIO brings UW student mentors to work with STUDIO youth during program time. These UW mentors support STUDIO youth in STEM learning.

In a hands-on learning activity, UW mentors might work as assistants for the youth in navigating a project or assignment. For example, during a photography unit, college mentors can serve models for photography or helpful references to adjust camera settings. If it’s a STEM based discussion, UW students can share their experiences and thoughts as STEM students. While youth work on projects or activities, UW mentors ask questions and engage the STEM thought process. UW mentors serve a valuable role in bridging the connection between STEM knowing and doing.

Participating in the STUDIO mentorship program gives UW students the tools to be effective STEM educators in the future. By signing up for the mentorships class, college students are given a valuable opportunity to practice leadership and mentorship skills.

UW students attend a weekly seminar where they learn about challenges surrounding educational equity in the STEM field. They learn about theory and practices to ensure that STUDIO is an inclusive, equitable, and effective learning space. Mentors can then apply this learning to Tuesday and Wednesday visits where they work alongside youth. In addition to mentoring, mentors also have the opportunity to design their own STEM curriculums. Mentors are challenged to create effective and culturally responsive activities that will aid STUDIO youth in learning STEM topics.

Making a Project Your Own - Reflections from Interning at STUDIO

The past couple months working with STUDIO has been an enlightening experience. I’m interning so that I can get experience working as a STEM educator and STUDIO has been an awesome opportunity to do so. Lately, I’ve been reflecting on how giving youth directorship of an activity can help foster engagement and enthusiasm.

My Pinewood Derby car - "The Royal"

My Pinewood Derby car - "The Royal"

One of the first things I was involved with was the Pinewood Derby activity.  What was really exciting to see was how the youth took ownership of their designed cars. The kind of shape they carved. The colors they painted it. Decorations like spoilers or fins. A lot of the cars made said something about the youth who designed it. more exciting to see than the unique designs was the youth’s enthusiasm for the project. Youth would come in outside of the scheduled car working time to finish and modify their designs.

The creativity afforded to the youth in designing their car is I think what made this activity so engaging. My experience with STEM in public schools was mainly worksheets and following a lab project exactly as the instructions said. This activity was a nice change of pace from what STEM usually is in a learning setting.  The Pinewood Derby car project was a chance for the youth to be creative in STEM. There was a balancing act of wanting to create a visually striking car while also designing something aerodynamically sound. The resulting car was an artifact that was a reflection the youth who designed it; it was a culmination of their creativity and weeks’ worth of effort. I made my own pinewood derby car as well and I think I had similar feelings of ownership and wanting to express my creativity. I chose a shape I thought looked aesthetically pleasing and I chose colors that are reflective of my identity as a UW student.

A picture I took that I'm somewhat okay with. I'm already thinking about how it could be better!

A picture I took that I'm somewhat okay with. I'm already thinking about how it could be better!

With the current photography unit we’re facilitating, youth are taking ownership of the project in a similar way. We’re letting them be the masters of their own photos. The photographs they’re taking are reflective of the kind of photos they want to take. As a result, I see the youth engaged with this curriculum. They are keener to learn about photography techniques so that they can take photos exactly how they envision them. I’ve even learned a lot about photography myself just by supporting the youth in taking their photos. I’m excited to apply what I’ve learned about exposure and lighting to future photos I take because my current attempts are very amateurish. I'm sure the youth feel similar. 

- Alexander Giardino

One of the things we do here at our program is teach youth how to studio engineer music through a digital software known as Pro Tools.  If you are interested in learning to write poetry, or want to understand how to better write rap lyrics then come by to STUDIO and ask for Chris.  He can teach you how to hone your skills in terms of creative writing and also teach you the basics of Pro Tools so that you can eventually record yourself and even your friends! Here is a video that was made by STUDIO staff with Pro Tools then filmed with STUDIO's camera equipment, and finally edited with Corel VideoStudio.  Can you guess the reference?

Youth Spotlight

STUDIO's distinguished youth of the month is Ashwaq. She's a helpful, involved youth who is always learning. Ashwaq's favorite activity so far at STUDIO has been the spicy noodle challenge. She remembers the spiciness of the noddles really pumping her up! The noodles were so hot she had to put Vaseline in her mouth later. Her favorite STUDIO mentor is Yobel because he's nice. Ashwaq is looking forward to taking pictures of people for STUDIO's photography unit. She says the part of the photography process that's fun is interviewing people and asking, "how are you?" Ashwaq is looking forward to getting better handling a camera. She remembers one time trying to take a picture of her sister, but pointing the camera the wrong way and taking a picture of herself! Ashwaq is especially interested in taking posed photos. She wants to take pictures of people making funny faces and poses.

Pine Car Derby

Have you ever been interested in cars, and designs that lend themselves well to faster speed and aerodynamics? This week in STUDIO our students got to do just that, as they were able to design their own Pine Car's. Many students felt excited about building the fastest car, and racing them near the end of the curriculum to see who comes out on top. 

Part of the curriculum was learning about how air shifts through a solid object, and how you can manipulate that to create faster speeds. The students used saws, sanders and all kinds of different paints to create the car that they felt best suited them, but also gave them the best chance to win. One of the students felt that it was a great opportunity for them to learn more about how cars are built, and the engineering that goes into them. 

Ultametely, we wanted to give the students a chance to build an understanding of proper aerodynamics, but still have a chance to have fun in the process.