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MSO @ Westport Academy

Posted by:Ellin Rittler

The Maryland Science Olympiad (MSO) is a competition team established in 2017 that exposes students in grades 6-8 to 20+ disciplines in STEM with rigorous coaching and practice to prepare them for tournaments with other schools. Since 1984, Science Olympiad has operated in all 50 states at regional, state, and national levels with nearly 8,000…

Together We Can Increase Student Achievement in Baltimore

Posted by:Debbie Dininno

Some Baltimore City schools have seen large gains in PARCC scores. At Lakeland Elementary/Middle in southwest Baltimore, Math and English scores have gone up more than 20 points since 2015. “A number of schools are really moving the needle,” said Principal Najib Jammal, “That’s exciting to see.” Jammal credits his community’s collaborative spirit for the…

STEM Scholar – Khamryn

Posted by:Deborah Chin

AmeriCorp VISTA Joins LET’S GO Staff

Posted by:Margie Shea-Moore

We are pleased to announce that Ellin Rittler has join LET’S GO in a new dual position as both STEM Program Coordinator and Junior Grant Writer. You already know her as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Over the past year, she was essential in launching our STEM Scholars Program. Additionally, she developed grant proposals for program funding….

Electro Celebration

Posted by:Jacqueline

Makey Makey is an electronic tool that allows students to connect everyday items—foil, fruit, and more to their computers. Students can play Pac-Man using those items as command controls. Makey Makey is a great way to incorporate circuitry and coding into a very fun and innovative activity. Students were tasked with working in groups, figuring…

2019 College and Career Luncheon Series

Posted by:Ellin Rittler

May 2019 was an exciting month for the 4th-8th grade LET’S GO STEM Scholars at Westport Academy who participated in the inaugural College and Career Luncheon Series. Four STEM professionals with diverse careers and backgrounds came to Westport to speak to the students during their lunch times. The guest speakers told students about their personal…

Utilizing STEM to Catch the Wind

Posted by:Jacqueline

Students build a model of a wind turbine as a way to “Catch the Wind” Wind is a very efficient renewable resource that can be ‘captured’ as a source of electrical power. Students experimented with making the blades turn as part of the wind collection process for a turbine. At the end of the session…

Spread the Word!

Posted by:Jacqueline

Feedback from our LET’S GO students and families helps the LET’S GO team gauge their impact. Recently, a STEM Scholar event brought 26 students from Anne Arundel County together. Afterwards LET’S GO reached out to all attending families for feedback. Here is one example giving us an indication of the impact our activities are having…

Teachable Moments with Paper

Posted by:Kandace Shields

We use paper to capture our hopes, our dreams, and our thoughts, but paper has served more than just these functions. It has been our friend, our entertainment on a hot summer day, and our teacher. The students at Washington School for Girls had a blast imagining, planning, designing and testing paper airplanes using the…

STEM Scholars Train as Junior Assistants

Posted by:Amanda Porter

The latest training for the STEM after-school program at Govans Elementary School featured some new faces! STEM Scholars Aniyah and Kaylin joined the training session to become Junior Assistants. They joined after-school teachers Ms. Crosby, Ms. Jones, Ms. Cooper, Ms. James, Ms. Gabuton, and high school intern Catarina in engineering humane traps to catch invasive…

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