SEABROOK — Education never stops in Prince George’s County and sometimes it is hard to keep up with it all. Here are some education-related headlines that did not make the paper over the past month.
The Missing Link
The Prince George’s County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is teaming up with Walker Mill Middle School to offer the students a chance for deep exploration into Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) fields and learning.
The Link is an international non-profit made up of 15,000 professional women of color in more than 280 chapters across the nation. The non-profit’s mission is to enrich, sustain and ensure the cultural and economic survival of African Americans.
The partnership with Walker Mill is a three component learning experience aimed at enhancing students’ capacity and interest in STEAM. The first part of the program focuses on “Classics Through the Ages” and exposes the students to classical music “under the guidance of professional artists,” including the choral director of Delaware State University, in eight sessions across three months. Students can choose to “specialize” in singing or playing a musical instrument.
The second component of the program began Feb. 24 and is about African textiles and fashion. The lessons will center on how art and math factor into textiles and fashion. Students will learn from both Irene Whalen, owner of Zawadi Art Gallery, and Jamila Madyun, owner of Stitched with Style. A fashion show is planned for March 24.
The third part of the program is a health and STEM-based workshop day titled “Medical Innovation Day” where students will participate in hands-on, team-based challenges and speak with health care professionals. The workshops are planned for March 24 as well.
Student Board Member
County students are ready to lead and take leadership roles. A Prince George’s County Public Schools sophomore, proved just that earlier this month.
Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Parkdale High Schools’ Bryce Awono to serve as the Maryland Board of Education’s student member on March 5.
Awono is a pre-International Baccalaureate student at Parkdale and holds a 4.0-grade point average. He is the former treasurer of the Maryland Association of Student Councils and has worked with local boards of education on student issues.
“I’ve always looked to do something meaningful to help those around me. I have seen the great things that being a leader can accomplish, such as promoting change, and working towards making a difference,” Awono said in his candidate statement. “This role will allow me to further my work as a public servant and create impact in the communities we return to every night.
Tech Grants for Remote Learning
When a child is diagnosed with cancer or is suffering from an autoimmune disease, the last thing a family needs to worry about is how their student will keep up with schoolwork.
Last week, the Maryland State Department of Education announced it has plans to try to make learning while sick, a little easier after the governor’s administration signed off a grant proposal.
On March 7, MSDE announced a $15,000 technology grant for each school system in the state to purchase remote technology to help students with temporary or permanent medical conditions learn from home. The state’s fiscal estimates believe funds should allow each schools system to purchase four propeller robots that can be controlled through an application.
The grant grew out of “Peyton’s Law” named after Peyton Walton, a student from Montgomery County who used a robot to attend class while receiving radiation therapy. The community surrounding Walton helped pay for her remote technology, but the hope is that this grant will provide the service to students at no cost.
“Education is our top priority, and we believe all students should have access to high-quality instruction and the resources they need to achieve success,” said GovernorLarry Hogan. “Through this innovative program, state-of-the-art technology will give students facing extended medical challenges the opportunity to remain connected to their school, teachers, and classmates.
Congressional App Winners
Prince George’s County Students took home some wins in the Congressional App Challenge this year, and Congressman Steny Hoyer celebrated with students at Gwynn Park High School on Feb. 1.
The app challenge is an annual competition hosted by a member of Congress to challenge students to use skills in coding skills to create a mobile phone and tablet application. The challenges are district-wide, and winners can have their app displayed in the Capitol Building.
Four students at Gwynn Park took home recognition on Feb.1, winning first, second, third and fifth place in the 5th District’s challenge.
Ian Barnes won first with his “Break Ball” app. Desitini Brown took second with “How Are You Feeling,” Sean Mason won third with “Math Genius” and Darius Green took fifth with “Simple Calculator.”