June 11, 2015

Announcements and Reminders

Our exchange student Celine Jolie is returning to France after a year at Aptos High School as a sophomore.  We wish her luck in the future and many thanks to Sue for serving as host mom his past year!

Rotarian of the week is Jim for all the work he does for the club and for keeping Al DeCamera in line!

A grants seminar will be held at 8:30 July 11th in Los Gatos. We are required to go if we are going to receive DDF funds.

Becky Loy will be going June 30th toTibet but grant activities will continue into next year. Donations are needed to continue this work and should go the Capitola Aptos Rotary Foundation designated for Tibet Project.

The debunking  will be held on June 19th at 5:30  at Seascape. Let Doug know if you will be attending, if you will be bringing a guest or not and your meal preference. Next week  (Thursday) will be dark in preparation for the debunking Friday night.

Let Tim know if you wish to sign up for the Fourth of July fundraiser.

Win Fernald, recently retired to Aptos, was welcomed into the club as a new member.

Learn to Discover

 We heard a report on one of our funded projects today, Learn to Discover, which allows youth to explore technical careers at an early age.  The speaker explained the acronym “Steam” which stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math.  Learn to Discover focuses on teaching kids how to think, problem solve and be innovative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn to Discover

 We heard a report on one of our funded projects today, Learn to Discover which allows youth to explore technical careers at an early age.  The speaker explained the acronym “Steam” which stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math.  Learn to Discover focuses on teaching kids how to think, problem solve and be innovative.  All of the classes are ‘messy’ with a lot of parts and the students learn by doing. They teach with real world equipment with tools you would find in a business such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s) which are used all over in the world

The program has been in business for over 7 years covering Santa Cruz Monterey and Santa Clara Counties at after school locations. They also promote their ‘push in’ classes that are held during normal school hours.  They serve homeschool and youth programs and the community center in Seaside. Classes are available for those as young as age 5.

Some of the classes offered include Electronics, Aeronautics, 3D Printing, Earth Science, Computer Literacy, Marine Biology, Robotics, Programming, Video Game Design, Simple Machines, Entrepreneurship and Clay animation. Students get to do their own architectural designs and even design a roller coaster thru this program as well as learn robotics or even visual based scratch programming. The Club was also given a fascinating demonstration of 2D animation and 3D printing.

We all decided that at this rate 5 year old kids will soon be smarter than we are…