SEI 2017 Day 5 Update

Introducing STEM

Knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can be the key to a successful future. Research shows that STEM occupations are growing at 17% yearly (U.S. Department of Commerce). In order to maintain sustained economic growth and stability, you must have motivated workers in STEM focused fields. At SEI, we believe it is important to offer our students STEM- focused classes; therefore, we offer Exciting Science, Why Math Matters, Robotics, and a variety of other STEM related courses. Good STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. STEM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons for students. By exposing SEI students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, many will develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, or math and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM-related field. At SEI, we make STEM classes both fun and interesting, which helps the student to do much more than just learn, but also find new passions.

Returning SEI students

12 students are not strangers to SEI; having attended in the past, these students have come back for another summer of English language training. When asking these students why they decided to return to SEI, some said they wanted to see their old friends and make new ones, others said their English improved so much that they wanted to come back so they could improve even more. One student, Wu, Xinyi (Lucy), said she came back because she is going to attend an American high school. Last year at SEI she met many students who were headed onto WAnet schools to study in America and she wanted to do the same. “Eventually, I would like to attend a university in America as well”, she said. We love meeting students who are passionate about improving their English, year after year.

A Peek Inside an American University Campus

SEI students have the unique opportunity to live on the campus of an American university for three weeks. Students learn about life in a dormitory, how to get along with a roommate, how to clean their rooms, how to do laundry, and how to navigate a large cafeteria. Additionally, requiring students to leave their phones in their dorm room throughout the day encourages the students to observe their surroundings as they walk to their classes. Many SEI students are already dreaming about which university they may want to attend in the future.

SEI Question of the Day: What does the word SUBLIMATION mean?

STAFF HIGHLIGHT: Teacher, Laura Chaves

Laura Chaves is thrilled to be back at SEI as the Math elective teacher. She recently moved to Northern Virginia where she teaches high school math. In her free time, she loves to explore little towns, hike nature trails, and read in the afternoon sunshine. She is enjoying getting to know her students inside and outside of the classroom at SEI.

Fun fact:
She is of Spanish descent and is planning to visit her family in Spain within the next year.

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