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curiousSCIENCEwriters - A Science Communications Program

posted Feb 7, 2018, 5:51 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 4:03 PM ]
From a student at HSN:

Dear WWP Science Teacher,

I am Akila Saravanan, a junior at WWPHS North.

Many of you may already be aware of curiousSCIENCEwriters (cSw), the extracurricular science communications training program endorsed by The Biology Teachers Association of New Jersey (BTANJ). cSw is a non-profit steAm initiative that helps high school students develop skills to present and publish complex science concepts to general audiences through the power of story [].

I wanted to share my experience with you, and I hope that you will share them with some of your own students who are interested in science, writing, and art. When I was a freshman, my teachers from CMS - Dr. Rebecca Mclelland Crawley and Ms. Lisa Sacca, introduced me to the cSw program and supported my application. Over the past two years, I have gained invaluable experience as a writer and the Chief Editor-in-training. Being a part of this program has also given me tremendous opportunities to network with eminent personalities in the field of science, report on STEM events, conduct interviews, and organize webinars. Besides improving my skills as a writer, the experience has drawn me towards STEM fields.

I have observed that there is a high representation of students from other New Jersey schools in the cSw program - a result of greater awareness of the program in those areas. I would like our school district to also benefit from this tremendous steAm program.

Besides the benefit that students directly involved in the program will reap from cSw’s workshops, the overall quality and content of scientific information that has accumulated over the years on their website is a valuable tool for scientific literacy. While the articles are written, edited and published by students, students are advised by experts and communications mentors. cSw’s content can be a valuable supplement to the science curriculum in your classrooms.

I invite you to share this year’s call for application for writers, editors, graphic designers and social media coordinators with your current and former students who will be in grades 10-12 as of September 2018. The applications for the 2018-19 program are due on March 15th [].

cSw alumni speak highly of the program and emphasize the learning experiences they gained and its importance for their college applications. The mandatory residential workshop scheduled June 23-26 at Kean University as well as the daylong forum on May 19 at Monmouth University offer an amazing networking opportunity. I highly recommend this program to students who are passionate about STEM fields.

Thank you for allowing me to share my experience with you.

Akila Saravanan
Class of 2019
Barbara Fortunato,
Feb 8, 2018, 4:03 PM
Barbara Fortunato,
Feb 8, 2018, 4:03 PM