Kurt Gabrielson grew up on a farm and was exposed to nature and science. He often studied it with his father.
The practice of science has always been in his family, and from an early age he knew it was his vocation. After nearly 30 years of education, he is now teaching science to students at El Sosal Middle School.
This year there is a fun twist on his way of doing things.
Gabrielson will soon host the official Grand Opening of the Salinas Community Science Workshop (SCSW).
The SCSW program teaches science, construction and engineering concepts and provides an outdoor space for students to actually learn their skills. It was the first in Salinas and was founded in May after many years of pilot programs.
Projects range from bicycle repairs and modifications to woodwork, magnetic toys and electrical equipment.
About 20 students are enrolled in the after-school program, and their reaction to it is nothing less than joy and excitement, Gabrielson said.
For second-year middle school Luis Pined Ante, this program is an opportunity to learn the skills needed to achieve his goal of working in the construction industry one day.
“In the future, I want to study to become the owner of my cement masonry company. Here I will teach you how electricity works and how to use big machines,” he said.
Ante said this was the first time he had participated in a program of this kind, but it wasn’t just for those interested in a science career.
Kendra Pride, a seventh grader in class, said she dreamed of becoming a pediatrician one day to help children in need and was eager to attend a science workshop program.
“I can use my imagination to learn how to be self-reliant. My favorite part is to see my results. I have already made a chair for my brother. He I’m only one year old. ”
Pulido said he believes the program has not only helped her grow her studies, but she also sees it as an opportunity to be with other students in just a few weeks of her involvement.
“This gives everyone the opportunity to talk to others, because when you’re in the classroom and your teacher calls you, everything is focused on you, which can be a bit annoying.” She said. “This is not compulsory and children can participate at any time, so I think it really benefits people with social skills.”
Gabrielson says that every time students see the results of their work, nothing is more satisfying than seeing their reactions.
“I think all kids love these activities and experiences, and the kids here in Arisal don’t have much opportunity to get them,” he said. “They understand that this is worth it at so many different levels.”
That’s not the only effort.
Gabrielson says it’s about expanding the program to give local families and adults the opportunity to learn these skills and potentially find jobs that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to do. ..
He says the program received grants from local and national foundations to run for two years, but hopes to receive more grants and donations to keep the program running much longer. is.
“It’s a problem because the virus is still widespread, and parents aren’t currently allowed access to the campus, but all other workshops in other cities have opened the door to the community. I am.
The program is open for STEM girls groups on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 6 pm and on Fridays. All students are welcome to sign up for free.
The grand opening of the workshop will be held on October 16th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Sportsfield of El Sosal and will be open to the public.
Events include attractions such as hovercraft rides, make-and-take projects, fossils, foot whale skeletons, and scientific exhibits from cities in the Bay Area and Central Coast.
Gabrielson says anyone can donate supplies or make monetary donations to keep the program running.
For more information on the Grand Opening Event and SCSW Program, please visit www.communityscienceworkshops.org.To make a donation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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