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Planting the seeds of STEM

first_imgEager students lean forward in their seats to watch an animated car drive across the screen at the front of the classroom. Hands shoot into the air as the classmates consider the instructor’s question about the relevant JavaScript functions.While it could be a scene from a computer science course at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), in this case SEAS students are the instructors, teaching programming to a class of middle schoolers at the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston.The instructors, members of the Harvard student-driven Digital Literacy Project (DLP), are working through one lesson in a 10-week computer science curriculum the organization is offering at seven local middle schools this year. The DLP outreach model is unusual because lessons are presented during the school day.“Just as these students might go to art class or music class, they are also going to get a taste of computer science,” said DLP President Sundar Solai ’19, a computer science concentrator. “Our hope is that, five or six years down the line when it is time for these students to consider careers or attending a university, they have an interest in pursuing STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] or computer science.”About 30 DLP volunteers teach introductory computer science in 12 middle school classes each week. The curriculum offers an introduction to coding concepts using the image-based programming language Scratch, before moving on to more advanced coding practice in JavaScript. Harvard students develop course materials, which are carefully designed to be fun and interactive, Solai said.Members of the DLP technology team also create tools and coding examples to enhance classroom instruction. Crafting those coding problems often reinforces techniques the students learn in their Harvard courses, said Brian Sapozhnikov ’19, a computer science concentrator who directs the technology team.Chris Zhou ’19, an economics concentrator, helps Gardner Pilot Academy sixth-grader Jonathan Gonzalez write JavaScript functions on the classroom’s whiteboard. Photo by Adam Zewe/SEAS Communications“We strive to ensure our volunteers are up to speed on how to solve a wide variety of computer science problems. That kind of training is invaluable for someone who is interested in pursuing any field that requires engineering solutions,” he said. “In teaching, they need to understand the material. In writing code to solve problems, they need to understand the problems.”In addition to helping sharpen programming skills, DLP gives volunteers an instructor’s perspective on education, said Solai. Many go on to serve as Harvard teaching fellows, and some students have pursued careers at educational firms such as Khan Academy.While middle school students can be a tough audience sometimes, helping them develop skills and build confidence is rewarding, said Maria McLaughlin ’18, a computer science concentrator. She was introduced to programming in College, and credits her computer science training with improving her creativity and logic. Often, the middle school students she teaches have an “a-ha” moment when they realize programming is not magic, but a skill they can learn, she said.“I love seeing the programs that my students come up with and the light in their eyes when they get something to work for the first time,” said McLaughlin. “It is an addictive feeling — to dream something up and then see it become a reality before your eyes. I want to share that feeling with others.”The STEM lessons McLaughlin and her peers provide are also important for DLP partner schools, many of which face resource challenges.“As a full-service school, we work with partners to close the opportunity gaps that exist for our students,” said Lauren Fogarty, director of extended learning time at the Gardner Pilot Academy. “As an urban public school we do not readily have access to the STEM opportunities beyond our core science curriculum, and the Digital Literacy Project closes that gap. DLP not only provides engaging coding experiences for our students, but also gives our students access to our local University students.”The DLP leadership team plans to continue expanding to more schools, while developing new teaching tools and introducing the use of hardware into lessons. They are also considering hosting a community workshop to familiarize middle school teachers with introductory computer science materials they can easily incorporate into classes.“The field of computer science is going to become even more prominent in the future,” said Sapozhnikov. “By exposing these students to computer science at a young age, we are opening up opportunities for them in high school, college, and beyond.”SaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

Dodgers’ Joc Pederson returning to Home Run Derby

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “I asked for Johnny Washington. He threw to me last time,” Pederson said. “He’s now with the Padres and it did not go over well on their side so he will not be pitching to me. It’s tough. He’s been with me. It was definitely special having him out there.”Pederson joked that he will be holding tryouts to choose a pitcher, but it is likely to be Dodger coaches Dino Ebel or Jose Vizcaino who will be there as part of Manager Dave Roberts’ All-Star staff.Ebel has even more Derby experience than Pederson. He pitched to Albert Pujols in the 2015 Derby and Vladimir Guerrero when the Hall of Famer won the Derby in 2007.Pederson has 20 home runs this season (all off right-handed pitchers), a number he has reached in four of his five seasons in the majors.“Hit the ball over the fence,” Pederson said of his Derby strategy. “It’s more about just enjoying the moment and taking it all in.”center_img LOS ANGELES — Joc Pederson will be making a return trip to the Home Run Derby.The Dodgers outfielder-first baseman was named to the Derby field on Wednesday, joining MLB home run leader Christian Yelich, Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell, Mets rookie Pete Alonso, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. and Cleveland’s Carlos Santana for Monday’s event at Cleveland’s Progressive Field.Pederson said MLB contacted him Tuesday morning and he talked with family and “some mentors” before deciding to accept the invitation.“I’ve been extremely fortunate to play the game for five years now, and I think the two highlights of my career have been participating in the Home Run Derby in 2015 and playing in the World Series,” Pederson said. “That’s kind of how I thought about it. If someone said, ‘Hey, you want to play in the World Series tomorrow?’ I would say, ‘100 percent.’ Who knows when another opportunity will come to participate, so it kind of seemed like a no-brainer.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season All but Pederson and Bregman had been announced as participants before Wednesday night. Pederson is seeded fifth and will square off with the fourth-seeded Bregman in the first round. Yelich and Alonso are the top two seeds, respectively. The winner will take home $1 million.Cody Bellinger (who hit his 28th and 29th home runs of the season in the second inning on Wednesday night) said last week that he had declined an invitation to participate in the Derby. He did it as a rookie in 2017.Pederson also participated in the HR Derby as a rookie. At Great American BallPark in 2015, it went down to “bonus time” in the final round before hometown favorite Todd Frazier (then with the Reds) beat Pederson in the final round.“It was so much fun,” Pederson said last week of his Derby day. “It was an incredible experience.”Former Dodgers minor-league coach Johnny Washington – a big influence on Pederson as he came up through the Dodgers’ system – pitched to Pederson in Cincinnati and Pederson wanted to repeat that pairing in Cleveland. But Washington is on the San Diego Padres’ major-league staff as hitting coach now. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

College World Series finals 2019: Michigan cruises to Game 1 win behind first-inning burst

first_img7:15 p.m. — MICHIGAN 1, VANDERBILT 0. Jordan Brewer ropes a one-out double into the right field corner to bring in a run. He tripped between second and third but was able to scamper back safely.7:11 p.m. — After a leadoff walk in the first, Michigan’s Jordan Nwogu is thrown out trying to go first-to-third on a single. Umpires did not review that call (even though reviews are allowed), and on the replay it appears Nwogu was safe.7:05 p.m. —  Hello. We’re a couple of minutes away from first pitch on ESPN. Michigan hit Vanderbilt with four runs in the first two innings, then pulled away with a pair of home runs to take Game 1 of the College World Series finals.The Wolverines’ 7-4 win puts them one game away from their first championship since 1962. MORE: College World Series TV schedule, times, bracketMichigan used an RBI double from Jordan Brewer and RBI single from Blake Nelson to jump ahead in the first inning. It added on with two more runs in the second frame before long balls by Jimmy Kerr and Joe Donovan essentially sealed the game late.Left-hander Tommy Henry again did his job for the Wolverines, striking out eight over 8 1/3 innings while allowing just three earned runs.Commodores outfielder JJ Bleday, drafted No. 4 overall in this year’s MLB Draft, notched a solo home run, though his blast was overshadowed by Michigan’s offense.Sporting News provided live scoring updates and highlights from Game 1 of 2019 College World Series finals between Vanderbilt and Michigan. Here’s how the Wolverines won:College World Series finals 2019: Highlights from Vanderbilt vs. MichiganMichigan: 7Vanderbilt: 410:34 p.m. — FINAL: Michigan 7, Vanderbilt 4. Let’s do it again tomorrow.Michigan is one win away from the 🏆#CWS | @umichbaseball pic.twitter.com/FMj2DCS7cQ— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 25, 201910:31 p.m. — MICHIGAN 7, VANDERBILT 4. A sacrifice fly doesn’t do the Commodores too much good at this point. They’re down to their last out.10:24 p.m. — Vanderbilt is down to its final three outs, but it begins the ninth with a double.10:11 p.m. — THROUGH EIGHT.WHAT A 🚀 OF A THROW!JORDAN BREWER! #CWS #SCTop10 | @umichbaseball pic.twitter.com/dBx0MZxDRA— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 25, 20199:50 p.m. — MICHIGAN 7, VANDERBILT 3. The Wolverines add on in the eighth with a Joe Donovan solo shot.Joe. Donovan.What a shot for the Wolverines! #CWS | @umichbaseball pic.twitter.com/bHzUkbxAAq— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 25, 20199:34 p.m. — MICHIGAN 6, VANDERBILT 3. GONE! Jimmy Kerr blasts a two-run home run. The Wolverines are back in control.JIMMY KERR IS A LEGEND.#CWS | @umichbaseball pic.twitter.com/UGzqTnOo0H— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 25, 20199:14 p.m. — MICHIGAN 4, VANDERBILT 3. Bleday hits a solo home run to bring Vanderbilt within one!BLEDAY with the BOMB! 💣#CWS | @VandyBoys pic.twitter.com/QVLCRZZhJG— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 25, 20199:12 p.m. — Relief pitcher Zach King gets out of the jam with an important strikeout. On to the bottom of the sixth.9:07 p.m. — Commodores starter Drake Fellows comes out with two on and two out in the sixth. He got hit hard in the first couple of innings but recovered nicely and wound up striking out seven.8:50 p.m. — Things have settled down a bit. We’re now in the top of the sixth with the score still 4-2.8:30 p.m. — Michigan puts runners on second and third but fails to capitalize on the chance to extend its lead.8:14 p.m. — We’re through three frames in Omaha. Michigan grabbed an early 4-0 lead, but Vanderbilt is battling back.7:59 p.m. — MICHIGAN 4, VANDERBILT 2. A passed ball gives the Commodores another. They still have a runner in scoring position with two outs.7:59 p.m. — MICHIGAN 4, VANDERBILT 1. Big two-out hit! Ty Duvall drives in Vanderbilt’s first run of the game.Duvall sends one home and the #VandyBoys are on the board! #CWS | @VandyBoys pic.twitter.com/qdL5JTtDO8— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 25, 20197:48 p.m. — Philip Clarke leads of the bottom of the second with the single. Perhaps this is the start of a response from Vanderbilt.7:43 p.m. — MICHIGAN 4, VANDERBILT 0. Another Wolverines run comes in via an RBI ground out. 7:39 p.m. — MICHIGAN 3, VANDERBILT 0. RBI double. Still no one out. Vandy is on the ropes early here.Michigan comes out firing in the second and adds another run to their lead! #CWS | @umichbaseball pic.twitter.com/0jCEDNGvoS— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 24, 20197:35 p.m. — Two on, no outs for Michigan in the second.7:21 p.m. — The Commodores get through the top of the first without further damage.7:19 p.m. — MICHIGAN 2, VANDERBILT 0. Blake Nelson adds to Michigan’s advantage, shooting a single to left.last_img read more

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