In this video, RESET volunteer Ben Rahimi has his third grade students use model cars on a track to demonstrate the conversion of potential to kinetic energy. In the spring 2019 semester, Ben is leading a program at Anacostia’s Excel Academy, the only all-girls public school in Washington DC.
RESET once had programs in a number of schools in Anacostia, an under-resourced DC neighborhood. When DC schools intensified their focus on improving reading and math test scores, science became a lower priority and RESET was no longer able to continue programs in those schools. In 2018 Tiffany Johnson, Principal of RESET partner Whittier Education Campus, became Principal of Excel Academy. Whittier’s Science Coordinator Paul Fullmore accompanied Principal Johnson to Excel, and they invited RESET to become an Excel Academy partner. For the past two school years RESET volunteers have led programs at Excel.
RESET has also recently led programs at DC Prep’s Anacostia campus. We are pleased to be back in this part of DC, and hope to grow our presence there. A RESET priority is reaching children from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds so that they have access to hands-on STEM experiments and field trips and opportunities to connect with STEM professionals.