Dear AISS Supporter,
This month brought the end of AISS' summer session.
Our first round of classes with the Class of 2021 was incredibly rewarding. Scholars finished multiple projects they put hard work into for the entire summer. One such project involved constructing their very own model bridges with instructor Nino Polizzi. The scholars spent weeks designing and building their bridges based on engineering principles they learned in class. Joseph Rosales' bridge was able to hold the most weight while staying in tact.
Scholars Daniela & Sofia proudly displaying their bridges
One of the scholars' most challenging projects was their STEM research paper. Over the course of the summer, they learned how to write a proper scientific research paper on a topic of their choosing, even conducting interviews with experts on that topic and presenting their research to staff, family, and AISS board members.The scholars chose wide-ranging topics, such as automation in the workforce, nuclear fission and fusion as alternative energy sources, and architectural solutions for homelessness.
Joseph Rosales presents research on Nuclear Fusion & FIssion
The summer session concluded with AISS' annual Parent Conference. Scholars and their families were invited to Chapman University to celebrate their accomplishments at AISS thus far. The conference opened with a continental breakfast and words from Chapman's Vice Chancellor LeNoir. AISS instructors then shared their experiences teaching and working with the scholars over the summer.
Photos from AISS' Annual Parent Conference
Guests also toured Chapman's campus, which served as host to the majority of the summer classes. The conference then held a special Alumni Panel, where past AISS scholars and their parents gave advice to the current cohort.
AISS Alumni Panel
Scholars also presented some of their projects to their proud parents. The scholars also expressed their appreciation for their mentors Jonathan Arellanes and Joshua Lopez with a card and customized 'trophy'.
We'd like to thank all of our partners and supporters that made our classes, field trips, and speaking engagements possible.Thank you to Chapman University for being wonderful hosts to our summer classes and Parent Conference. Thank you to Dr. Rojas, Mike Stanislawczyk, Rudy HInojosa, Nino Pollizzi, and Dr. Ortiz-Franco for the time and dedication you showed as instructors and mentors. Most of all, we'd like to thank our Class of 2021 for the incredibly hard work they put in, and the passion for learning they've shared with those around them.