Kicking off the new year with a reunion of over 80 scholars and a reminder of the importance and impact of our programs, the 9th annual Earl Woods Scholar Program Winter Workshop commenced at the TGR Learning Lab Jan. 3-5.
As a 13 year-old junior golfer who has been playing the game for 5 years, I know firsthand that golf can be a frustrating and lonely sport sometimes. It wasn’t until my mom found the TGR Learning Lab (TGRLL) when I was ten years old that I really enjoyed playing and practicing golf.
Creating an equitable future requires attention to the signals around us every day. In a world brimming with global competition, rapid technological advancements and growing disparities in academic achievement across the nation, the signals appear in the news every day. October presented me with multiple opportunities to travel, share and learn about different approaches in teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, transformation efforts and the future of working and learning. With each new destination it was clear that change in our education systems is necessary and through committed organizations, collective efforts and strategic partnerships it will happen.
Later this month the Tiger Woods Invitational, a private golf event presented by United States Liability Insurance (USLI), will return to the breathtaking Monterey Peninsula in Northern California. While TGR Live’s charity events offer guests unforgettable experiences on and off the golf course, they also stand as a reminder of the power of partnership.
When you picture a scientist, what do see? Did you immediately think of a mad scientist? Chances are you pictured a white male, wearing some form of eyewear, in a lab, using test tubes. You are not alone. This image is something that researchers have found across the globe through the use of the Draw-a-Scientist Test. As a learning facilitator at the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, CA and a Teaching Biological Sciences master’s candidate at Miami University, I had the opportunity to complete my own Draw-a-Scientiststudy this past summer.
We’ve seen those breathtaking videos of natural landscapes, watched synchronized LED light performances at the Super Bowl, or even read about commercial drone package delivery. Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have served their initial purpose of military reconnaissance and supported developments in agriculture, photography and film, and even search and rescue operations. They’ve recently made their way into education, and it becomes important for our educators to examine the opportunities and precautions when implementing lessons involving new technology. This year, TGR EDU: Create introduced drone workshops during our STEM Studio professional development trainings for educators that focused on promoting computer science concepts and how STEM thinking has contributed to the current application of drones.
As a middle-school principal, I always looked forward to welcoming students, families and teachers back to school. The new year brings about excitement and challenges for everyone, so it’s important to start on a positive note.
Although classes are back in session in many communities across the nation, learning doesn’t have to end as the bell sounds at the end of the school day. The Expanded Learning Program at the TGR Learning Lab welcomes middle and high school students in Anaheim, CA to the safe halls of our facility to benefit from academic support and hands-on learning experiences.
Computers have always enthralled me. As a child, I was spellbound by my family’s old Dell computer. For nearly a decade, I would go onto different websites solely to learn more about computers. It didn’t always come easily – like when I installed a virus trying to make a website – but I ultimately grew very comfortable behind a keyboard. I sought to understand the mechanics of computers, and I built my own computer the same year I took my AP Computer Science course. My passion for computers has led me to many exciting opportunities.
The MetLife MatchUp recognizes players who have overcome challenging situations on the golf course throughout the PGA season. Our founder, Tiger Woods, advanced to the final round with a chance to earn $750K for TGR Foundation.
Founded in 1996 as a means to provide more for children who have less, TGR Foundation transforms young lives with innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, college-access programs and digital initiatives. The MetLife Matchup winnings can go a long way in helping TGR Foundation support underrepresented youth throughout the world.
As one of sixteen participants of TGR EDU: Create’s International STEM Studio, South African education entrepreneur and U.S. Africa Development Foundation grant recipient Mmabatho Mokiti shares her experience participating in the 10-day immersive STEM workshop.
A culmination of golf camps throughout the year unites aspiring young golfers at the TGR Learning Lab each summer for the annual Super Junior Golf Camp. This year, clubs swayed and balls flew as 70 campers practiced elements of the game from June 18-22.
Last week, TGR Foundation wrapped its 6th annual College Bound Academy, held at the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, California. We welcomed nearly 50 rising high school seniors from the Anaheim Union High School District for a two-week immersive course in all things college! Although the program aims to introduce students to the college application process, it does much more. It helps them build resilience and confidence.
Last week, I had the opportunity to facilitate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities at the TGR Learning Lab Activity Zone at The National golf tournament in Washington D.C. Our tent was unique as we partnered with different groups to offer visitors a range of dynamic and engaging activities. A key takeaway from my week at The National was just how crucial collaboration is in all that we do, whether in the classroom or at our events.
Calling all kids – it’s time to get excited! At this year’s Quicken Loans National, youngsters and their families will once again have a chance to take a break from the golf action and indulge themselves at the TGR Learning Lab Activity Zone. Free to all fans at the tournament, the learning lab tent will feature four unique activities, all connecting science, technology, learning and fun into one. Here’s a look at the featured activities.
Summer has arrived for students in the Anaheim Union High School District, but as textbooks close, possibilities open for junior high students engaging in STEM for a week this summer at the TGR Learning Lab.
For over a decade, The Boeing Company and TGR Foundation have worked together to drive positive and lasting change through high-quality STEM education programs in underserved communities. Truly an integrated partner, The Boeing Company has been a key investor in our pilot STEM programs at our TGR Learning Lab, supporting educator professional-development workshops and providing executive leadership to guide the foundation’s expansion efforts.
Summer is just around the corner. Here at the TGR Learning Lab, we are gearing up for a busy summer filled with a variety of classes for students. In addition to the usual favorites, instructors have been enthusiastically developing new activities for our members to enjoy. There is something for everyone this summer!
It’s Women’s History Month and we’re taking a closer look at the vital topic of women in STEM. While female representation within the field is growing, studies still show that women represent less than one third of all STEM careers. Which begs two questions—why the gender gap and what can we do to help eliminate it?
Many of our TGR Learning Lab volunteers are former student members who want to give back to our programs and invest in the next generation of students. This month, we would like to recognize one of our former TGR Learning Lab students who is looking to do just that. We are proud to recognize Desi Gonzalez as March Volunteer of the Month!