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College Going Culture

COLLEGE DAYBanner How do we foster a College going culture in San jose, with parents a their kid

College Day inspires thousands of under-resourced and often first generation college-going students in Santa Clara County to develop their personal visions and plans for college success.  This event communicates a unified message that college is attainable. As a community, Silicon Valley cannot afford to have only 41% of its ​students college-ready. College Day provides the tools and resources to teachers and other caring adults to create a community where every child will have a college dream.
Many of the schools in Santa Clara County will participate in College Day, a day meant inspire a college-going culture, so that all elementary, middle, and high school students can see themselves going to college.

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We are actively recruiting speakers to travel to these local schools and talk about their experiences going to college. Your conversation with these students could spark many more future college-going conversations between students and their families, teachers, and friends. If you are interested in being a speaker, please fill out this interest form.

To learn about first generation ​college students’ experiences at San Jose State, see the GENTERATE’s video below. GENERATE is a cooperative initiative designed to promote leadership, visibility, support, coordinated resource exchange, and college success for those who identify as First-Generation College Students at SJSU.

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Community Planning & Engineering

GEOLOGY ROCKS!Open Geodes

Geology Rocks! brings fun and creative activities to 3rd through 5th graders at local elementary schools near San Jose State. CommUniverCity and geology professor LeAnne Teruya work together to bring this project to an after school program called Think Together at Horace Mann Elementary School and Lowell Elementary School.
● Blog Post: January 29, 2020: Showing San Jose Students How Geology Rocks!

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SHOWCASE:

The Rock Cycle – Spring 2022


The Rock Cycle Rocks! – Spring 2022


We Are Mountain Movers – Spring 2022


Under Pressure – Spring 2022


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MARKETING SMARTSA class running

This edition of the Marketing Smarts brings two projects:
● Hunger at Home: SJSU students develop materials for 4 branches of the nonprofit organization.
● Advertising Campaigns: SJSU students develop ad campaigns for local businesses and nonprofits

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[Summer 2022] – Disseminating Economic relief resource materials to the 95112 & 95116 areas using the promotores model.
Promotores are leaders, residents, and helpers in their community. CommUniverCity has had the opportunity to expand on this model. This opportunity was available because of visionaries like Deputy City Manager Rosalynn Hughey. 

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YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMYA group of elementary schoolers showing their art

Young Entrepreneurs Academy is one of the newer additions to the CommUniverCity projects. The primary focus for YEA is to engage the youth into learning and developing entrepreneurial skills that are normally practiced in the real world of business. A few of these topics include marketing, management, operations, and budgeting.
Blog Post: March 10, 2021, Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs

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SHOWCASE:

eLearning during the Pandemic: Lessons from Uncertainty, Spring 2022



Managing a Team and the Impact in the Classroom, Spring 2022




Jake, an interactive Minecraft movie, Spring 2022


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AEROSPACE ENGINEERINGSpace Shuttle Endeavour being ferried by NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft as it departs Houston/Ellington Field.

Aerospace Engineering: 10 Student groups will provide aerospace hands-on activities for Muwekma Ohlone Middle School.
Located at 850 North 2nd St. San Jose, previously named Burnett Middle School, Ohlone Middle School is named in honor of the Ohlone People, whose homeland included today’s San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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CONTEMPORARY PARENTINGDifferent types of families

Contemporary Parenting – Students of the program of Child and Adolescent Development (ChAD) will present to the community the different styles of parenting.
The Department of Child and Adolescent Development, provides a strong foundation in child development and could be the basis for graduate study in child development and related fields.

 

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ENGINEERING IN ACTION Two students amazed by an electrical experiment

SJSU Engineering service leaners design, facilitate workshops to ignite a passion for science and technology among K-12 students in central San José.
● Blog Post: December 8, 2021, Reintroducing Science Day After the Height of a Pandemic
In the last edition of CommUniverCity’s time-honored Engineering in Action program brought together over 200 engineering students from the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering and over 400 elementary students from after-school programs and youth centers in the Downtown San José area. 

 

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The Engineering in Action series of workshops took place on Friday, November 13th, Thursday November 19th and Friday, November 20th. Forty-nine groups of the Materials Engineering 25 and 153 classes visited the CORAL,ThinkTogether, McKinley Youth Center and Third Street Community Center after school programs. The materials engineering students prepared projects from a variety of different topics such as ceramics, diffusion, mechanical properties, magnetic properties, and a host of other subjects. Children from kindergarten to fifth grade had the opportunity to get their hands on fun-filled projects.

The workshops ran from one and a half hour to two hours, where  students created a 20 minute, hands-on experiment on related materials engineering topics in their course. K-5th grade students rotated from project to project around the tables in school cafeterias and halls at youth centers. The experiments engaged the students both in theory and in engineering. The projects emphasized how engineers build on science to make a product or process and how engineers optimize a product or process by iterating through a design process. Some of the children were able to take some of their experiments home to show their parents.

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The young children walked anxiously to see all the fun projects that awaited them in the cafeterias and classrooms. The engineering students were surprised to see how interested and engaged the elementary children were during the demonstrations. One student expressed how he was surprised to hear some really educated guesses coming from the children.

Special thanks to Dr. Guna Selvaduray, Dr. Raj Venkatesh, Dr. Michael Oye and Dr. Christina Peters for integrating this service learning project. This project would not have been made possible without their help and wonderful students.

A woman showing how a simple motor works

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Growing Sustainably

GARDEN EDUCATIONA group o parents and students receiving a class on gardening

Garden Education (3 schools) – In-class workshops, garden clubs for children using school garden as an outdoor living classroom to teach science, math, nutrition. In this 6-week series, children learn about the plants and how the meal connects to Latin American culture and languages

 

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▪ Cooking Matters:  In this four-week series children learn about healthy eating habits and how to make fun and healthy snacks, while learning the importance of a healthy diet. 

COOKING MATTERS

Virtual Cooking Matters lesson at Olinder
Fall 2021 Virtual Cooking Matters lesson at Olinder

The Fall 2021 Cooking Matters project was a collaboration between CommUniverCity, several elementary schools, CORAL, and the San Jose State Public Health PH104 class taught by Dr. Gomez and Professor McClure Fuller.

There were a total of ten workshops that were taught at McKinley Elementary School, Olinder Elementary School, and the Spartan Keyes Action Center. Four workshops were taught at Olinder and the Spartan Keyes action center, and the remaining two workshops were at McKinley Elementary. The workshops were from October 21st through November 15th. There were five student groups, with a total of 35 students, that taught the workshops. Each student group taught two workshops. A total of 55 unduplicated and 154 duplicated elementary school students participated in the workshops.

Nutrition-based workshops that highlight the importance of eating a variety of healthy foods will equip students with the knowledge that will promote lifelong health. In the Cooking Matters workshops this semester, the students learned about food groups, how to read food labels, vitamins, and healthy food options. These concepts will ensure that students are aware of healthier food options, and how to consume a balanced diet.


GARDEN EDUCATION

CommUniverCity Garden Education interns assembling gardening kits
CommUniverCity Garden Education interns assembling gardening kits (Spring 2022)

Last summer, we had garden education workshops with participants from the Spartan Keyes Neighborhood Action Center and from the organization Project Hope.

We had a total of 69 participants, and held six in-person workshops. Some of the workshops were at Kelley park, and a few of them were at the Mckinley elementary school garden. All of the participants had the opportunity to harvest some vegetables, and were provided with gardening kits to start their own gardens.

We decided to embrace one of the tenants of environmental education by making our kits and workshops culturally relevant and themed around the traditional Latin American dish: Pico de gallo. The kits consisted of a large pot, a tomato plant, a hot pepper plant, an onion plant and a cilantro plant.

In the first workshop participants learned about each plant, and built their kits. In the second workshop we taught participants all about the origins of pico de gallo and where each plant comes from and how the meal connects to Latin American culture and languages. And in the final lesson, participants learned about the benefit of having native flowers around their garden and were also able to talk about how their kits did, and we were able to make pico de gallo from the food harvested from some of their kits!

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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATIONA group o parents and students receiving a class on gardening

Environmental Education (3 schools) -Workshops for children that help them learn about the local environment and complement their science, math, and literacy skills. The creation of this program is aimed at improving environmental literacy of elementary students in CUC service area schools. It expands on the Watershed in a Box material to include more environmental topics beyond water and pollution issues in Coyote Creek, yet still focuses on the environmental issues and concepts related to San Jose neighborhoods.

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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Virtual Cooking Matters lesson at Olinder
Fall 2021 Virtual Cooking Matters lesson at Olinder

Environmental literacy is of growing importance, especially in our downtown San Jose community where many families face daily environmental harms. These children have the potential with a little guidance to have a very impactful voice in leading to a greener future in San Jose and this project aims at guiding the voices and knowledge to give them the power to improve the environmental challenges our families are facing.

The goal of Environmental Education is to connect children to the basics of the environment by discussing local environments and environmental issues. This project gives students an introduction to environmental terms and literacy while also motivating them to see the environments in their neighborhoods.



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FIELD TRIP URBAN FARM A group o parents and students receiving a class on gardening

Field Trip Urban Farm – Trip for children to farms within the city of San José.
Emma Prusch Farm Regional Park is a located in the heart of East San José, at the crossing of King Road and Story Road. This park hosts a barn, a planting area, and a science center.

 

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FIELD TRIP KELLY PARKA group o parents and students receiving a class on gardening

Field Trip Kelly ParkTrip for children to this San José park adjacent two other marvels; Japanese Garden, happy Hollow, and History Park.

 

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SHOWCASE:

Virtual Field Trip to Kelly Park – Spring 2022

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