This past week, seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students participated in college field trips. Seventh and eighth grades visited Occidental College while ninth grade visited Loyola Marymount University.
Students and teaching fellows started the morning with a tour of the campuses where they learned about the admissions process, average GPAs, and fun facts about the school. They were also told what the school offers in terms of majors, clubs, and resources for underserved students.
After school tours, they split off into groups and competed in a scavenger hunt challenge where they were given nothing but a map to explore the campus. The hunt featured finding and speaking with a professor and students, finding the admissions office, and figuring out where the college newspapers were distributed.
The students and teaching fellows left the campuses with valuable knowledge about how to apply and the requirements for attending both colleges. A big thank you to Loyola Marymount University and Neighborhood Partnerships Program at Occidental College for showing our students around campus.
Last Tuesday, Breakthrough supporters and community members attended Visitors’ Day, an opportunity for the public to join Breakthrough for an insider’s look into our summer program and to meet this summer’s cohort of 90 students and 20 teaching fellows.
The morning kicked off with program updates and what we bring to the community: academic support for underserved students so that they can go to college, break the cycle of poverty in their families, and positively affect their community. Teaching fellows and students led the visitors in a morning cheer and recited the Breakthrough affirmation, a tradition that is followed each morning during the summer school program.
Next, visitors gathered to hear from our student, teaching fellow, and Breakthrough parent panels. The students shared some emotional stories and one student spoke about how her brother’s death affected her at an early age. According to Sarah, a community member who works at UCI, “I really enjoyed hearing from the students and teachers and am extremely impressed by the structure and offerings of Breakthrough. I hope to become more involved in the future.”
Thank you to everyone who continues to support our students as they work towards their dreams of attending college and thank you to everyone who joined us for Visitors’ Day.
Breakthrough students Angie and Ulises recently attended UCI’s FABcamp on a scholarship provided by St. Margaret’s. According to Director of Academic Innovations, Leyla De Silva Riley, “The particular program the students are in is a hybrid of both APPcamp and FABcamp. APPcamp is intended to introduce middle school students to computer science and FABcamp focuses on engineering and fabrication.”
Under the direction of FABcamp employees, Ulises created a sound app by downloading sounds onto an iPad and placing the sounds in separate icons. Angie used various shapes and sizes in order to create her very own maze app on the computer. In addition to creating their own apps, both students participated in making hover crafts out of vacuums and large air bags.
Thank you FABcamp, UCI, and St. Margaret’s for giving our students a wonderful opportunity to participate in an intellectually challenging and innovating experience.