Excitement was in the air as every 7th grader from the Rindge Avenue Upper School (RAUS) convened at Bertucci’s Restaurant following their on-site visits to the three local corporations that are once again participating in NetPals. This special program, managed by CSV, pairs adult mentors from Cambridge Systematics, Vecna Technologies, and Grace with 7th graders from RAUS. This year, 89 adult volunteers are mentoring students via bi-weekly e-mail communication around science themes, with particular focus on chemistry and life sciences. This collaboration also allows students to meet and work with someone from the field of robotics (Vecna), construction products (Grace) or transportation systems (Cambridge Systematics).
Following their tour of their NetPal’s workplace, students and their NetPals walked to Bertucci’s for a pizza lunch and more conversation. The adult mentors will see their students two more times – at the Math Breakfast in March when a panel of NetPals talk about how they use math in their work, and again in May at the Science Fair Lunch when students get to showcase their science fair projects. Both of these events will take place at RAUS.
CSV truly appreciates the commitment and energy shown by each of the corporate partners. Stay tuned for a special blog tribute to Cambridge Systematics, celebrating its 15th anniversary with NetPals this year.