Saucedo Teacher’s Love for Science

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Education

By: Ashmar Mandou

Chicago public school teacher Josefina Rivera is a science enthusiast whose main objective is developing a passion for math and science among her students at Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy. “I have such joy walking into my classroom year after year to teach eager students who are excited to learn,” said Rivera. “In thinking of my students I decided to participate in Science Everywhere to propel our passion for science.” Science Everywhere is a national campaign by Overdeck Family Foundation and the Simons Foundation to encourage students across the country to continue math and science learning outside of the classroom through science projects. All qualifying projects are submitted to which the public can donate with the foundations matching the amount. At the end of the challenge, a panel of judges will award five $5,000 prizes to the teachers with the best projects nationwide, an announcement that will be made in September.

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Luckily for Rivera, she reached her funding goal for her science project the New Generation Sky Watchers, a kit that offers her students the experience to conduct hands-on investigations and build background knowledge outside of the classroom. The science kit offers students the possibility to conduct experiments at home with the help of their family members. Students not only take the materials to conduct experiments at home, but also they have access to digital materials online. The kit gives students the opportunity to make direct observations of objects day and night, they are expanding on the concepts of rotation and revolution, sun and shade etc., according to Rivera. “These kits really present an opportunity for the whole family to get involved and bond over these activities. Considering all that is going on with CPS, this campaign really focused on the education, the needs of our students,” said Rivera. If you would like to learn to donate or to learn more about Science Everywhere, visit

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