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K-12 Resources

West Valley College's ATTE has worked with the California Department of Education on various green related academic programs. ATTE also has an MOU with the San Jose Unified School District to develop K-12 programs. These programs are customizable and free to most districts, if you are interested in working with ATTE to design a program for your school, please contact Lisa Szabo at lisszabo@gmail.com. Below you will find links to the programs with have implemented in the past.

Elementary School Programs

Girl Power
Energy After School Program for 4th & 5th Grade Girls

ATTE developed an after school program for 4th and 5th grade girls to engage them in Energy related experiments. We focused this class specifically on 4th and 5th grade girls, specifically due to studies stating girls start moving away from Math and Sciences in middle school (see links below for articles). ATTE offers this class to any elementary school in San Jose, and gives preference to Title 1 schools. The class is between 5 and 8 weeks long (depending on school schedules and timing) and costs the children between $0.00 to $25.00.

Topics we cover are as follows:

Static Electricity
Batteries
Solar
Generators
Energy Conservation
Power Distribution
Fuel Cells

For downtown SJ schools we partner with the Tech Museum and their Energy related classes via an after school field trip.

If your school is interested in scheduling this after school program please contact Lisa Szabo at lisszabo@gmail.com.
See flier for more details related to this program.
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Interesting links about Girls and STEM:

TOP 5 Myths About Girls, Math and Science
http://www.livescience.com/7349-top-5-myths-girls-math-science.html

Middle Matters:
Guiding Gifted Girls Through The Middle School Maze
http://www.nagc.org/index.aspx?id=1104

Middle School Programs

Advanced Transportation Technology & Energy center has an MOU with the San Jose Unified School District. As part of this MOU ATTE has worked with multiple San Jose Middle Schools providing the following programs:

Burnett Middle School
Participated in a career panels for the 8th grade students.

Hoover Middle School
Hosted a Career Exploration Fair for 350 students explaining the relationship between careers and education. Companies and schools that partnered with ATTE on this fair were:

  • 49ers
  • Yahoo!
  • Cupertino Electric
  • Telemundo
  • Milagro Marketing
  • Representative Assembly Member Beall's office
  • Ferrari Ottoboni Caputo & Wunderling LLP
  • Santa Clara Water District
  • San Jose Police Department
  • Fire Fighter/Mission College Fire Program
  • West Valley College/ATTE
  • San Jose State University
  • San Francisco State University Cinema Department

California High School Green Academies

http://www.fourenergy.org/greenacademies/html/videos___media.html

This Train-the-Trainer series teaches the Core Concepts teachers need in order to teach the each of 4 Green Academy courses. The videos also describe the structure of the curriculum and touch on the activities and student activities that are included in the coursework. The Training modules tie in with Curriculum for each of the following course:

 

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