Neuroscience outreach program for Rhode Island high school students. Brown students teach weekly classes from October through February based on a curriculum by the Society for Neuroscience. Classes prepare students for the Brown Brain Bee, a trivia competition held in February. Winner gets a $200 cash prize and advances to the National Brain Bee and potentially the International Brain Bee. The hope is that exposing students to neuroscience early inspires a lifelong interest in science and helps students choose colleges to suit their interests.
Brown Elementary Afterschool Mentoring (BEAM) provides after-school enrichment programming at William D'Abate Elementary School in inner-city Providence. Nearly 100 volunteers create and implement unique lesson plans each week to teach a variety of subjects to K-5 students.
Brown Science Prep (BSP) brings high schoolers from all around Providence together most Saturdays of the school year and leads them through hands-on, informal lessons, different from those traditionally covered in high school. Our program is completely free, provides complimentary breakfast, and is open to all high schoolers. No particular background in science is required.
A high-school curriculum made possible through NSF grant funding that teaches students the basics of robotics in the process of building and programming their own autonomous aerial drones. DuckiSky partners with Duckietown, an existing robotics education initiative that uses simple, ground-based robots. Students learn how to assemble the drone and how to program it with algorithms.
Learning Exchange (LE) is an initiative started in 2011 to build excitement around learning math through technology. Because Providence students are falling behind in math, LE courses use computers to show middle schoolers how they can apply the subject in fun and creative ways. Students have the opportunity to become computer scientists and craft games and animations using the Scratch environment. With our Engineering/Design program, they have the opportunity to build, revise and perfect their own bridges and planes.
Ladd Observatory partners with the Providence Children's Museum on "Skygazers," a program we carry out once every three months at the museum as part of their "Free Friday" program to bring astronomy and observing to kids and their families. In conjunction with the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum, we also offer monthly "Ask an astronomer” Q & A sessions about research and astronomy-related news that connect classrooms via video to the museum. Ladd Observatory is open to the public free of charge on clear Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.
Four-week summer engineering camp for rising tenth grade girls. Held at Brown University and taught by three undergraduate women.
STEMS is a math and science tutoring program at Hope High School. Tutors assigned to a teacher's class either help students twice a week in the classroom or host after school drop-in tutoring once a week with a group of other tutors. STEMS aims to offer extra help to teachers, provide academic support and mentorship for students, and encourage greater self-efficacy for students in STEM fields.