We are all becoming… every day.  Becoming a science education professor.  Becoming a reform-minded science teacher committed to social justice.  Becoming a grounded person who loves life and can take things in stride.

This becoming happens as we do stuff – like all the stuff you all did for camp.  Jumping up and down and losing your voice (even when you were exhausted), preparing written spaces for student authoring, talking one-on-one with a camper, conspiring with each other to pull off a surprise, taking risks, organizing materials, explaining pH…  You did SO much this week!!! This month!!

And first, I want to thank you for being AWESOME!!  You are Get Real! Science.  You ARE reform-minded science teaching committed to social justice.  Thank you for doing camp 110%!!!!!!

Doing is necessary but insufficient – its in the story-telling of that doing that meaning is made… that we decide what of that doing we will take with us and allow to shape future doing.  We call this “recognition work.”

One piece of this recognition work that is SO key to transforming science education in the ways we care about is what stories the community at large has access to – the campers, their parents, the mayor, Rochester community members as well as Pittsford and Brighton.  Check out the awesome recognition work you supported for your campers this week (And Andrea, Andrea and Theresa supported for you):

Camp (last Tuesday)

Andrea Cutt, along with city students, master’s students and representatives from the Freedom School, shared highlights of this year’s Get Real! Science Camp with news media out at Lake Ontario on Tuesday.  Coverage from yesterday’s trip to the beach follows below:

13WHAM-TV: http://www.13wham.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/students-scour-lake-ontario-bacteria-25020.shtml

WROC-TV: http://www.rochesterhomepage.net/story/d/story/science-campers-test-local-water-quality/37999/PAq3qcmMdUi5acfuniXEPw

Time Warner Cable News: http://www.twcnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2015/07/28/students-test-ontario-beach-park-water-for-science-program.html

Camp Presentations (yesterday)

Here is media coverage from yesterday’s Get Real! Science camp presentations:

WROC-TV: http://www.rochesterhomepage.net/story/d/story/campers-present-water-quality-findings/38454/eE-FebC-t0qlYyJePoFdcw

13WHAM-TV: http://13wham.com//news/features/featured/stories/students-reveal-lake-ontario-test-results-6241.shtml

I know that you see how collaborative this work is – we need each other to do the work and see the work…. that is why a core mantra in Get Real! Science is…

Go Team Go!!!!

IMG_3511 IMG_2759 IMG_3441 Krista IMG_3348 IMG_3390 IMG_3443 IMG_3482 IMG_3484OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

IMG_2741 IMG_2765

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA