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7th Grade NetPals Launch!

Posted on December 4, 2019

On December 2nd, the entire RAUC seventh grade attended an assembly in which students heard about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (sometimes known as STEM) directly from employees of six local companies. The assembly was the kickoff for the award-winning STEM mentoring program, NetPals, run by Cambridge School Volunteers. The NetPals program’s goal is to have students, through real-life mentors, be able to picture themselves someday working in tech, biotech, engineering, or research.

Ms. Analia Ivanier (aivanier@cpsd.us), Cambridge School Volunteers NetPals Director, and Mr. Jay Mahoney, 7th grade science teacher, have worked together to plan an interesting NetPals program for the students which runs from December to May. Beginning next week, you may hear your 7th grader mention “my NetPal”, an adult mentor who works in STEM. Each 7th grader will interact via supervised emails and visits with his or her own NetPal who works at Draper, Facebook, Boston Children’s Hospital, Oracle, Vecna or GCP Applied Technologies. On Friday, December 13th, the whole seventh grade will go on field trips to the companies for their first meeting with their NetPals. Students will have lunch with their NetPals and tour the offices to learn about what it’s like to work there. The pairs will meet again at a STEM Breakfast at RAUC on Wednesday, March 18th. The NetPals provide advice about their students’ Science Fair projects, and the adult NetPal mentors will attend the Science Fair at RAUC on Friday, April 17th, providing an authentic audience for the students’ work on their projects. The goodbye emails will end the NetPals program in May. We look forward to another powerful year of connections and inspiration for our seventh grade!

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