UAGC Hosts Science Expo

Vini Stoffel and Paloma Paredes Jaquez welcomed guests at the Science Expo, sponsored in part by Barnes & Noble

Vini Stoffel and Paloma Paredes Jaquez welcomed guests at the Science Expo, sponsored in part by Barnes & Noble

On Saturday, March 19, 2016 UAGC hosted the first ever CSD 3 Science Expo. There were 250 students, grades K - 8, from the Elementary and Middle Schools of District 3, each accompanied by parents, teachers and school leaders. UAGC Physics teacher Chris Bohl, English teachers Brent Chamberlain and Jeannie Zonneveld, partnership coordinator Dan Tainow, as well as many UAGC student ambassadors, spoke with elementary and middle school students and families about their work, and about the work of our school -- making the science connection between UAGC and these schools, further positioning Green Careers as the technical science school in District 3, and the Upper West Side. 

UAGC Student Shania Clarke, with pickled carrots and cucumbers ready for service

UAGC Student Shania Clarke, with pickled carrots and cucumbers ready for service

Students Johancarla Toconas and Shania Clarke worked the event, serving from the Jacob's Pickles pickle station with Jacob's executive chef, Glenroy. 

UAGC ambassadors Yafreisy Ruiz, Cyara Hernandez, Brandon Aviles, Paloma Paredes Jacquez, Rayshawn Hollon and Vini Stoffel also were there to represent. They welcomed families, helped them to register their presenters, helped with decorations and also walked around to talk with potentially future UAGC students and scientists. Rayshawn dutifully awarded prizes to elementary students who successfully completed a scavenger hunt.

UAGC Ambassadors making balloon apples for expo participants with Barnes & Noble materials

UAGC Ambassadors making balloon apples for expo participants with Barnes & Noble materials

Borough President Gale Brewer and Council Member Helen Rosenthal were also present -- Gale delivered two public proclamations, to Jacob and his father George, and marked Saturday, March 19, 2016 as "Jacob's Pickles Day."

Assistant Principal Luke Janka, who was responsible for bringing the event to UAGC, spoke in the opening ceremony, highlighting UAGC as New York City's first sustainability-themed technical science school, and the recent Well-Developed Quality Review, something only 7% of schools rated City-wide last year achieved, which met with much applause.

Science Expo participant explains experiment to UAGC physics teacher Chris Bohl

Science Expo participant explains experiment to UAGC physics teacher Chris Bohl

Members of our partner organizations, Jennifer Prescott, from New York Sun Works, one of our partner organizations, was there snapping pictures, as well as Peter Wright, from Friends of Roosevelt Park (employs 6 of our students every summer for the last 7 years) and Andy Padian (international energy consultant).

This was a great event that Luke Janka had been planning starting in August with the District 3 Superintendent's office. Gale Brewer commented to a staff member, "these events are what make NYC great, and this one wouldn't have been possible without that guy over there - you know the one - LJ!" If District 3 hadn't known that Brandeis is closed and that UAGC is here, they do now.