By Tara Ghai, staff writer, The Nexus
Catalyst is proud to announce a new chapter of Catalyst 4 Success has been opened at River Valley Charter School. This particular chapter will be structured as a class with a biweekly meetings and students receiving elective credits upon completion. River Valley’s science coordinator, Stephen Hunsberger will be teaching the class.
Catalyst has always been about teaching kids skills that they can use all their life, but this doesn't stop with the ones we try to inspire. High Schoolers can learn so much from their experience with Catalyst, and a class environment like this can serve to augment that two way education. This will be the first Catalyst chapter receiving actual school credit for their community work, and its success will set a precedent for future chapters. The first chapters have all been organized as clubs, but with new chapters such as River Valley piloting a new program into our organization, working even more closely with schools and districts we can more closely format our services exactly with what is needed. We hope this will mean a more collaboration and integration of our program and the educational system we want to supplement.
Good luck to River Valley!
Through this summer and launching soon into the new school year, Catalyst For Success continues on Jason Ge’s vision of inspiration and passion in the STEM fields.
March 15, 2013 - Catalyst for Success has reached out to 3000 kids in 34 days, set up a hands-on after school program at one school, and performed magic shows for five. On March 11, 2013, Catalyst for Success was officially recognized by the Poway Unified School Board. Four Catalyst members, Jason Ge, Erik Owen, Cameron Ramos, and Tina Quach, attended the board meeting and got a chance to speak with Westview principal Todd Cassen and other board members. After the principal’s introduction, Jason spoke briefly about the organization and its accomplishments. He also showed the board a short video demo (which can also be found on Catalyst’s youtube page). The group also showcased a few experiments (two exploding hydrogen balloons and one color change reaction). The performance was met with applause, even capturing the interest of student council members who stayed behind to watch the show.