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7th Grade Update: NetPals

7th Grade Update: NetPals
Posted on 12/20/2017
NetPalsOn Wednesday, December 6, the entire PAUS seventh grade attended the NetPals assembly, and the students heard about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (sometimes known as STEM) directly from professionals from Audible, Google, MIT Department of Chemical Engineering, and Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, all based in Kendall Square. The assembly was the kickoff for the award-winning STEM mentoring program, NetPals, run by Cambridge School Volunteers. The NetPals program's goal is to have students, through real-life mentors, able to picture themselves someday working in tech, biotech, engineering, or research. Our students asked thoughtful questions, such as "What kind of education would I need to do your job [as a chemical engineer]?" and "Can you see everything I search for on Google?"

Kimberly Green Goldstein of Cambridge School Volunteers and Ms. Dava Wool, seventh grade science teacher, have worked together to plan an interesting NetPals program for the students from January to May.

Beginning in January, you may hear your seventh grader mention "my NetPal," an adult mentor who works in STEM. Each seventh grader will interact via supervised emails and visits with his or her own NetPal from Audible, Google, MIT Department of Chemical Engineering, or Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. OnFriday, January 19, adult NetPals will visit PAUS, meet seventh graders, and eat lunch together. On Friday, March 9, the seventh grade will travel for field trips to the companies. Students will have lunch with their NetPals and tour the offices to learn about what it's like to work there or in the case of MIT, do research there. The NetPals provide advice about their students' Science Expo projects. The adult NetPal mentors will attend the Science Expo at PAUS on May 2, which will provide an authentic audience for the students' work on their projects. The goodbye emails will end the NetPals program in May. We look forward to another powerful year of connections and inspiration for our seventh grade!

Feel free to contact Cambridge School Volunteers to ask more about NetPals. NetPals Director, Nadia Foster, can be reached.

Photo: At the PAUS NetPals launch on December 6, L to R: Kimberly Goldstein of CSV, Jonah Berman of Google, Stacy Williams of Audible, Justyne Hodgen of Volpe, Pedro de Souza of MIT ChemE, and Nadia Foster of CSV NetPals staff.