Sara DeRuyck from Water 1st came to talk to all three 2nd grade classes about the organization's efforts to help make a difference with the global water crisis. We learned a lot about the impact walking for water has on communities, and women and girls in particular. This brave guy volunteered to try carrying a full jerry can of water on his back, just like people in Ethiopia do several times a day. We're hoping to participate in Water 1st's Carry5 Walk for Water on May 4, 2014.
Dear Julie Smith, Joe Booth and the QAE Technology Committee,
On behalf of my 2nd graders, I would like to thank you for bringing Hour of Code to QAE. Joe, your Monday Morning Meeting introduction lit the fire–"Don't just play a video game. Make a video game." We walked into the library yesterday afternoon and found a room of parents ready to assist us in persevering through the levels. Every student had a computer and spent the hour engrossed in building and executing code. You could feel the brain power in the room. Thank you for this. Thank you for sending the message to our kids that they all can be creators and innovators and geniuses.
Fast forward to tonight. I'm scanning FB and see this beautiful photo of the two of them as part of an article on women in STEM. Incredible! I will definitely be sharing this with the kids tomorrow. It fits in wonderfully with our discussion about gender stereotypes (referred to in our class as "boys' stuff and girls' stuff"), that started in writing workshop. Both Goodall and Earle were trailblazers in what were considered at the time male-only fields. As children they both were curious investigators of the natural world around them. So inspiring.
I learned that this photo was taken at a recent forum in Miami and it was the first time these two women have ever been on stage together. You know that question–if you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would you choose? These two are high up on my list for sure.