"To inspire a passion for STEAM in underserved schools in New Mexico through inquiry-based learning and enjoyable demonstrations."
Started and run by high schoolers, Effects seeks to make New Mexicans classrooms' STEAM experiences more enjoyable by providing enjoyable experiments. Many kids lack opportunity to love STEAM because injustice and inequality in the distribution of education. In Albuquerque, there are many schools that receive a designation known as Title 1. The APS website says "Schools must be identified at 50% or higher economically disadvantaged in order to receive Title I funds." We applaud APS for all steps taken to ensure equity for the children of our city. Unfortunately, inequality runs in rampant in even our elementary schools where many have had to cut STEM programs because of a lack of funds. What they can benefit from is not lectures and worksheets, but rather demonstrations and discussions of applications to the real world. We're not here to teach: teachers do that and they have done an excellent job of that. New Mexican teachers are some of the most valuable members of our community. Our job is just to get New Mexican children excited about learning STEAM. High school students from across Albuquerque are committed to sharing their love for STEAM with fun experiments and demonstrations.
New Mexicans owe a lot to one another. We hope that Effects expands to every elementary school in the greater Albuquerque area that lacks access to STEAM experiential education because of limited resources. Additionally, we hope high schoolers in the city will rally behind our cause and find ways they too can give back to their community.
Sydney is a senior at Albuquerque Academy who has an interest in music, math, and science. She is part of the Student Diversity Leadership club, Hispanic Student Association, volleyball, track, as well as several different guitar groups. In her spare time Sydney can be found playing guitar or with her friends. Sydney hopes to help more children feel excited about all scientific topics and push them to continue their educational journeys.
Bryce, a junior at Albuqurque Academy, has immense interest in engineering. As part of Science Olympiad Bryce spends his time overcoming various mechanical engineering challenges. Outside of school, Bryce partakes in fencing, DnD, and other various stratagy games. Bryce hopes to spark young students' interest in engineering and to encourage them to find scientific opertunities in the world around them.
About The Founders
After founding Effects alongside Neil Mahto in their senior year, Quinn is now a sophmore at Yale. Quinn has a passion for science and is pursuing a Physics B.S. In addition to founding the Effects program, Quinn is a researcher at particle physics lab at Yale and a member of the Yale Model UN Secretariat. With an interest in conservationism and fighting climate change, Quinn hopes to engage in climate research. Quinn hopes to help children in NM learn more about sustainability and get them interested in helping to save our planet.