The SEPA Collaborative currently has programs in place for second, fifth and eighth graders in DUSD.
Academic Program Field Trips:
Second Grade: City of Hope scientists visit every second grade classroom to teach the concepts of genetics and inheritance, and introduce the students to careers in research. As a follow up, second grade students come to City of Hope at the end of the school year to learn more about genetics and to tour the City of Hope campus.
Fifth Grade: Every fifth grade student visits City of Hope to do hands-on, problem-solving activities related to the human body. In 2016, City of Hope staff will visit every fifth grade classroom to teach a follow up lesson on vaccines.
Eighth Grade: Every eighth grade student visits City of Hope to solve medical mysteries through the use of inquiry based hands-on activities and critical-thinking skills.
Note: All students who come to City of Hope for a field trip must have their parent/guardian sign one version (English or Spanish) of the waiver forms. Additionally, parents/guardians of eighth grade students are asked to sign one version (English or Spanish) of a waiver form that gives permission for their children to complete surveys conducted by Claremont Graduate University (CGU).
The SEPA Collaborative offers a Girls Only! Science Technology Engineering and Math (GO STEM!) club for girls in grades 3-5.
GO STEM! Club:
The goal of the club is to engage girls in STEM activities, encourage girls to take courses in STEM fields and to consider pursuing careers in STEM.
The club will meet after school one or two times per month, and each meeting will have a new theme. Examples include: properties of water, polymer science, making predictions and estimations, and engineering.
GO STEM! is currently only offered at Andres Duarte Elementary School. We hope to collaborate with Think Together!, with the goal of offering the club at all DUSD Elementary Schools in the next 3 years.