Summer Enrichment Institute (SEI)

the students and teachers doing a funny pose for a group photo on the steps of the capitol building

June 9 - July 3, 2017

A free summer program sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Diversity & Enrichment (CDE); designed to enhance the academic experience of local Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) secondary-level students of underrepresented populations.

Contact

Maria Martin
SEI, Program Coordinator
summerenrichmentinstitute@gmail.com 

Karla Alvarez, SEI, 24 Phillips Hall
University of Iowa Center for Diversity & Enrichment
319-335-3555

 

Program Goals

      • To engage students in the academic process while promoting awareness and learning of one’s history, culture, and language;
      • To recognize the diversity of cultures, experiences and backgrounds students and their families bring to the educational setting;
      • To develop a sense of belonging and level of comfort within a rigorous academic environment within higher education settings;
      • To empower students to take control of their academic development;
      • To develop students’ strengths, values, and skills; and,
      • To enhance each student’s sense of pride as a young leader and scholar.

*Earn up to 5 elective credits towards your high school transcript upon successful completion of the program.

**Transportation assistance available for accepted students; you must specify this need in your application or email SEI Coordinator at summerenrichmentinstitute@gmail.com by May 15th.

Schedule

SEI 2017 Orientation

Friday, June 9, 2017, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
W207 Pappajohn Business Building (PBB)
Lunch provided
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
More information will be provided as the date approaches.

Program

June 9-June 30, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Daily attendance required.

Courses

Project-based
June 12-June 30, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
*mid-day snacks provided
Mondays and Wednesdays - Digital Storytelling and Interviewing Skills
Tuesdays and Thursdays - Science Fair projects
Friday - group work, lab work and presentations (on campus-attendance required)

2017 SEI Closing Ceremony

Friday, June 30, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dinner provided
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
More information will be provided as the date approaches.

End of Program Overnight Trip

June 30-July 3, 2017
Friday evening through Monday afternoon
Windy City -- Chicago, IL

Week 1 Newsletter

Orientation

"...in diversity there is beauty & there is strength." ~Maya Angelou

 

Summer vacation can be a summer that delves into the water slide, or the reading slide, or even the math slide...a summer where learning is paused; Or a time of continued learning, thinking about the future...our 'future possible selves'.

 

SEI presents the opportunity for students to think about and prepare for their many possible futures while working on skills and projects now. It was Malcolm X who said, "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."

 

Through teamwork and collaboration, our endeavor will very much be a successful one. As Arthur Ashe said, "Success is a journey, not a destination." With this perspective, we can experience success every day that we work to our highest potential and strive for learning in spite of challenges that may appear. Surrounding yourself with people that will support you at all times, you will have a bright present and a bright future. We, at the SEI, hope to be part of that positive support for each of our students. The SEI team includes not only our students and staff, but our students' parents, and our generous sponsor (The University of Iowa, Center for Diversity & Enrichment).

 

Orientation on June 9th gave us a wonderful opportunity to meet each other and commit to this three-week journey which can positively impact our students not only for the duration of this 3-week program, but their lives throughout the remainder of their high school experience and beyond.

 

Thank you!

Maria Martin

SEI Coordinator

 

Week 1 –Classes

Mondays & Wednesday: Digital Storytelling

Jesus Villegas:

Week One was all about getting to know each other. Under the overarching umbrella of ‘Identity’, students shared characteristics that describe them as individuals and categories that highlight the different types of groups that they belong to. To follow up with the idea of belonging to a group (or not belonging to a group even when we assume we’re part of a group), we listened to and discussed a podcast about racial identity, where we learn about people who try to ‘fit in’. Podcast link above.

 

Also, as we begin to think about how we want to organize our final project (our photo book), we spent some time discussing some of the interviews and photos used in one of our main resources, the photo-documentary Humans of New York.

 

Brenda Linley:

We enjoyed some steamy weather in communication skills, got to move into a bigger classroom space, and learned about different communication styles. Each student wrote a poem. We talked about being from a place tells a part of your story but adding the people people, places, ideas, and experiences complete the picture of where you are from. The student poems address this.

 

We also learned about ways people communicate, verbal, nonverbal, written, and video or images. The students practiced the art of reflection, listening to hear rather than listening to respond. They composed questions and will be using those to conduct interviews of a family member or friend. These interviews will be recorded. We have had a lot of fun this week and I look forward to next week!

"The art & science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge." ~Thomas Berger

 

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Science Fair Projects

Noah Parks:

We worked on understanding the importance of the Science Fair, developing our main question, procedure, and gathering our materials for our experiments. We have learned more about the formal process of investigating a question using the scientific method.

we are also developing our background research for our main question learning how to formally write using an objective tone in the third person. Overall, it has been a fun and productive week getting to know one another in the process.

 

Sneha Bhansali:

We started the first instructional day observing how traditional introductions involve various steps of data collection, data analysis, and creating a narrative. We also used more scientific ways for introduction, such as students asked me questions to learn what they wanted to know about me. The collected responses provided a quick practice regarding planning of data collection, whereas I rearranged all the questions asked and answered them by creating a narrative about me.

 

We also created an introduction of our class together by drawing our 'faces' which was a data analysis activity. We learned how important it is to include the context of the problem along with the numbers. And to get an experience on data visualization which is highly contextual, every student is going to observe some element of their own life for a week and create their own data visualization.

 

Towards the end of the week, we had some initial experiences with computer programs for handling the data. We will continue using computer programs in the upcoming week.

 

LESSONS LEARNED

 

An important lesson I learned was with regards to the 'Racial Imposter Syndrome'. This syndrome impacts people with mixed cultures, that feel they don't fit in their race/ethnic groups. They'e often judged for their physical appearance and assigned into a race group by others. It's sad that they have to sometime prove their identity by showing their family picture(s). Also, many who struggle with this syndrome can't speak the language of the ethnic group they are assigned to by others based on outward appearance but can understand the language very well.

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I also learned that there are other teachers out there that will understand you and listen to your ideas and encourage you to maintain your curiosity.

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I learned what my communication style is, and how to talk to people with different communication styles. I enjoyed looking at the different stories in the book Humans of New York.

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I enjoyed starting the science project and I learned what questions I should be asking in an interview.

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I enjoyed making new friends.

Week 2 Newsletter

Digital Storytelling Projects

 

Jesus Villegas -Week 2

After spending the first week learning about different types of stories and photography styles that are used when sharing stories, we spent the second week creating our own stories. Students partnered up with a classmate, spent some time talking to their partners and then photographed them. One strategy we practiced during our photo walk was to photograph a person without taking a portrait. A challenge for the students was to focus on details (a person holding a coffee mug, drawing in a notepad) that would help tell a person’s story without revealing his/her identity. These photos were later organized into photo essays or videos to share what the students had learned about one another.

 

A second project we worked on this week was to record the writings that students had worked on. They created two audio files: the poems they wrote last week and a writing piece in which they reflected on their Heritage Language- a topic connected the podcast we focused on last week. These audio clips will be compiled into a podcast and will be shared at the end of our third week.

 

Brenda Linley - Week 2

Hot Hot Hot - This week we focused on conducting interviews to find a story. Each student had recorded an interview and their next assignment is to dig deeper and focus on the story their interviewee is telling. We had fun playing charades with words that reflect our emotions, reckless was quite the difficult word to act out! The weeks are going by fast and we are having a lot of fun getting to know each other.

 

Science Fair Projects

 

Noah Parks - Week 2

This week in science we worked hard in following our procedure for our experiments in order to collect data. We worked on how to keep track of our data using data tables and creating graphs with that data. In addition, we focused on precision and accuracy and holding certain factors or variables constant as we gathered data, in order to ensure we are testing to the best of our ability how one factor influences another. Also, we worked on writing formal background research, remembering to write in the third person in the process. All in all, it was a fun and productive week! I am very proud of all of the student's efforts in the Science Fair Program. 

 

As Ms. Martin mentioned at Orientation, while much work is getting done during program hours, there is a need for students to work on the writing aspect of the project at home. An important email was sent to all students reminding them of needed items to complete over the weekend to remain on track with our timeline for a successful Science Fair on Friday, June 30th.

 

Sneha Bhansali - Week 2

In the mathematics/data analysis class, this week we focused on how to record data in the data collection process and then using Google Sheets to analyze the collected data. We spent most of the time on drawing line graphs, bar graphs, pie charts, scatter plots, regression lines, etc. as well as understanding which analysis and representation is the best in the given situation. All students also worked on deciding what analysis they want to use for their science projects. During both the computer lab sessions learning Google Sheets and big group discussions about the individual projects, students were fantastic in helping each other and also critiquing others.

 

For the postcard project, students described what element of their life they are observing in this week and also shared their strategies for recording the data. I'm excited to see the postcards next week, especially given the unique and wide variety of topics students have come up with such as from observing their awkward behavior during the week, to noticing the French words used, to thank you's and sorry's and so on.

 

Lessons learned, experiences enjoyed

 

I learned the importance of staying on track (with research projects) & that of reflection;

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I learned about my family when I got to talk to my mom as part of our interview assignments;

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I learned a little about one of my classmates personal lives through our interviewing assignments;

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I learned that the classes you take in high school have a great impact on your future;

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I learned about and enjoyed interviewing other people;

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I learned that even during one's Freshmen Year in high school in Iowa, one can take post-secondary class;

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I learned about different ways to display data, and how to do it using computer programs;

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I learned there are a lot of ways to analyze and represent data;

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I learned different ways to display data and how to do it using computer programs and also learned that the classes you take in high school can affect the classes you take in college.

 

Enjoyed...

Various groups enjoyed the visit to Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa and getting science materials;

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I enjoyed going outside to work;

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I've enjoyed snacks, making new friends, and working on the Science Fair project;

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I enjoyed learning about the different academies at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa;

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I enjoyed finishing the collection of data for the science fair project;

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I enjoyed the trip to Kirkwood Regional Center and break times during lunch.

Deadline

Monday, May 15, 2017

Audience

K-12

Requirements

Applicants should be students in good standing, currently in 8th through 11th grade enrolled in an Iowa City Community School District Junior High School or High School. 

How to Apply/Enroll

Apply online

Selected students will be informed by May 1st.

Enrollment limited to 40 participants.