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Cambridge St. and Rindge Ave. 7th Graders Meet Up with their NetPals!

RAUS 7th Graders Sharing Breakfast with NetPals Mentors

The Spring has been a busy time for every 7th grader at both the Rindge Avenue (RAUS) and Cambridge Street (CSUS) Upper Schools where every 7th grade student has been corresponding with a NetPal science mentor from one of several Cambridge corporations. All students and mentors got to share projects and conversation over breakfast in March.

After breakfast in the RAUS cafeteria where almost 160 people enjoyed hot chocolate and baked goods, students and mentors from Cambridge Systematics, WR Grace and Vecna gathered in the auditorium to hear two presentations on using math to make decisions in everyday life and at work. Ed Keisling from Vecna shared a slide presentation on how algebra could help decide which movie to see, by assigning values to and weighing certain critical information. And Tom Rossi from Cambridge Systematics enlightened the crowd with a hypothetical problem on whether to take a bus or drive one’s car downtown, looking at time, cost, and other variables. Students seemed totally engrossed and eager to share their own ideas with the presenters. At the end of the breakfast, each 7th grader was given a small calculator, compliments of the three partner companies.

At the CSUS EXPO breakfast, about 70 students shared lab reports and conversation with an equal number of scientists and engineers from the Broad Institute, Draper Lab, Novartis and the MassBioEd Foundation. Many seventh grade parents also attended. Students presented their lab reports on poster board with attention to graphic design as well as science content. There was a buzz of lively conversation throughout the breakfast as students explained to NetPals how they arrived at their conclusions and fielded well-deserved compliments on their work.

Many thanks to Grade 7 Science Teachers Pam Shwartz (CSUS) and Jay Mahoney (RAUS) for their invaluable leadership and organizational skills in promoting and fostering CSV’s NetPals program in their respective schools. CSV’s appreciation also extends to Dan Monahan, Science Instructional Coach, for his support of the NetPals program as well. It is our hope that every 7th grader, in all five upper schools, will soon have the opportunity to work with a special NetPal.