TGR EDU: Explore wrapped up the 2016/2017 school year with a flourish, launching a variety of resources in STEM for students and educators throughout the spring. During these summer months, the Tiger Woods Foundation and Discovery Education have been hard at work developing additional resources – modules, lesson plans, activities, training videos, webinars, and a Virtual Field Trip – that will be unveiled later in 2017 or early 2018. As planning gets underway for a new school year, here’s a refresher on the variety of resources currently available for educators on TGR EDU: Explore.
Without a doubt, Shantanu Jakhete will take MIT by storm this fall. The recent high school graduate and former TGR Learning Lab Florida student has spent the last several years studying STEM and honing and sharing his skills. Everything he’s already accomplished in this short time tells us he’s in a league of his own. And the only thing that trumps Shantanu’s passion for STEM is his deep-seated desire to use his knowledge to help his community and the world. Read on to learn how Shantanu’s drive, with the support of teachers, mentors and the Tiger Woods Foundation, has fueled his love of STEM.
The TGR Learning Lab’s Golf Department hosted its annual Super Junior Golf Camp on June 19-23 this year and it did not disappoint. In our 5th year since inception, the Super Junior Golf Camp exposes the great game of golf in a safe, nurturing environment. This year, 60 Super Junior students ages 5 to 4th grade were introduced to the game of golf through innovative drills and exercises promoting proper golf fundamentals.
Last week, TGR EDU: Explore launched its first digital module focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), Following Nature’s Lead, a 20-25-minute experience geared toward middle school students that is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Using this innovative tool, students will be given the opportunity to explore careers and engineering innovations through the lens of biomimicry.
We’re excited to introduce you to a STEM trailblazer, Kavya Kopparapu. At just 16 years old and a rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Washington, D.C., Kavya is on a mission to introduce more girls to STEM. Her nonprofit, GirlsComputingLeague, has allowed her to reach thousands of girls and speak at numerous distinguished STEM events across the country. During the Tiger Woods Foundation’s DC STEM Fair Teacher Semina, held in collaboration with the D.C STEM Network this past March, we had the opportunity to see Kavya in action as she co-led a professional development class with our instructor. Without a doubt, Kavya Kopparapu is one to watch—and we can’t see where she goes. Read on to hear from Kavya herself, watch her dynamic speech at the March for Science and learn more about her passion for STEM.
For the past four years, the TGR Learning Lab satellite at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School has served as a retreat from the drugs and crime that plagued Gregory Damas’ neighborhood. With plans to attend Villanova University in the fall, Gregory’s resilience and drive stand as an example for others dealing with similar obstacles. Read on to learn how Gregory’s experience with STEM helped build his foundation and has given him the tools necessary to pursue his goals and dreams.
This summer TGR Learning Lab is hosting another group of students for our Summer Academy. We are excited to be offering a new class for upper elementary students called Paleo Tech. While other students will be working with today’s technology, the students in Paleo Tech will be working with some of the tools that got us where we are today.
One of the premier education conferences in the United States is SXSWedu, held annually in Austin, Texas. What once began as a small regional conference designed to celebrate innovations in learning has quickly grown into an international force in education. More than 12,000 people attended last year, where speakers challenged participants to innovate, disrupt and […]
Sharing in the Tiger Woods Foundation’s passion for helping families and communities thrive, Kaiser Permanente is a generous supporter of TGR EDU: Create, our professional development STEM program benefitting both teachers and students. Today, we speak to Mark Costa, senior vice president and area manager of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan & Hospitals in Orange County, […]
New and innovative educational tools continue to be developed every day to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. We can quickly become engaged with all the bells and whistles, but how can we determine the effectiveness of the new technology?
Something exciting is happening right now. The rapid rise of technology is disrupting industries across the globe. The world’s largest taxi company (Uber) owns no vehicles; the most valuable retailer (Alibaba) has no inventory; and the world’s most popular media owner (Facebook) creates no content. While most sectors seem to be embracing change driven by […]
Summer is a time when many teachers create and develop lesson plans for the following school year. The Tiger Woods Learning Center provided an opportunity for teachers to approach learning in a new way with STEM Studio. Many of the takeaways from the weeklong event can be summed up by the engineering process: Ask, Imagine, […]
The Tiger Woods Foundation’s High School Summer Academy hosted 87 high school students from not only all around the United States, but the Czech Republic as well, to experience the life of a college student. In the evenings, these young people built lasting relationships by residing in the dorms at the University of California, Irvine, […]
The call of the classroom runs strong in Leslie Lynch’s blood. With her own mother only recently retiring after 30 years as a special-needs teacher, Lynch truly believes teaching is more than her vocation. It’s her calling. At the age of 30, she left behind a successful career in business to become an educator. Now, […]
Teachers are like conductors in orchestras. They strive to facilitate a perfect lesson while enabling their students to demonstrate their skills and talents within harmonious classrooms. In doing so, they continue to seek professional development opportunities that allow them to stretch their lessons from beyond the textbook. With the current Next Generation Science Standards and […]
Imagine a place where creativity and innovation are paramount; where teachers take on the role of students, delving into hands-on STEM activities. A place where inquiry-based learning leads to real-world applications; where like-minded educators gather to collaborate and take risks. This is STEM Studio: a week-long immersion in STEM education based on the award-winning educational […]
What do you get when you combine innovation with collaboration? You get a team of passionate individuals with one goal in mind: to empower the unexpected champions of the world! From the youth that enter the doors of the Tiger Woods Learning Center, to the teachers that participate in our professional development trainings, to the […]
At the Tiger Woods Foundation, we believe in the importance of providing educators with effective professional development in order to be well-equipped and comfortable in delivering high-quality STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experiences to their students. The approach we’ve found most effective is allowing them to explore content through the student’s perspective. Educators partake […]
Since 2012, the Samueli Foundation has stood alongside the Tiger Woods Foundation as advocates for quality STEM education for all students. Gerald Solomon, the foundation’s executive director, believes the key for our future generation’s success is intrinsically tied to how we educate our students and teachers in STEM education. Solomon, who led the design and […]
As the vice president of education at Pitsco Education, a Kansas-based company that designs innovative educational programs and solutions for schools, Matt Frankenbery works with clients all over the country to help implement curriculum designed to inspire and empower young people in their pursuit of knowledge.