FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 5, 2015
Kindergartners in Southeast D.C. Trade in Saturday Morning Cartoons for Science and Engineering
Powered by Paige & Paxton’s Early STEM Program
Saturday, October 24, 2015
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cedar Tree Academy DC
701 Howard Road, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Washington, D.C. – On Saturday, October 24, 2015, kindergartners at Cedar Tree Academy will not be watching Saturday morning cartoons. Instead, they will be excavating dinosaur fossils, designing and building cities and experimenting with the phenomena of force using simple machines.
Led by local engineers, scientists and technologists, these kindergartners will test their mettle in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through challenges based on characters and story lines from the Paige & Paxton children's book series.
Cedar Tree Academy, one of the most comprehensive and trusted Early Childhood Schools in Washington, D.C., is participating in an innovative national STEM initiative for mini-innovators called Paige & Paxton STEM Make-a-thons.
"We believe that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a key component in bridging the educational gap. This interactive day filled with experiments, investigations, hands-on discovery, and problem solving, will be a great opportunity for the children of Cedar Tree Academy and families of the Ward 8 community," says Dr. LaTonya Henderson, Executive Director of Cedar Tree Academy.
Paige & Paxton STEM Make-a-thons create an environment where young minds can tinker, create, build and iterate to their hearts' desire. The Make-a-thons also bring parents into the conversation with workshops and discussions that focus on the importance of STEM and provide practical ways to drive STEM excellence and interest at home.
“Parents are essential to solving the STEM crisis in this nation,” added Rachel Williams, the co-founder and creator of the Paige & Paxton series. “Parents, no matter what their background or financial situation, can create an environment that nurtures a love of learning and a solid STEM foundation.”
Rachel knows exactly how challenging that journey can be.
In the 1990s, Rachel was a mother of two young daughters, and she wanted to make sure that they were were passionate and proficient in science and math. To drive interest, she developed two puzzle piece characters to introduce these complicated concepts in a fun and engaging way.
Fast forward to 2012, Rachel and her daughters—one completing a degree in Biology and the other a rising star in the New York City financial services industry—decided to bring the characters back to life. Since that time, the trio has been on a mission to engage a new generation of little learners in STEM and, at the same time, change the course of a nation.
While this Make-a-thon is reserved for Cedar Tree Academy students and their families, STEM professionals and enthusiasts in the Washington, D.C. area are encouraged to register as volunteers at www.paigeandpaxton.com/events by October 16, 2015.
About Cedar Tree Academy
Cedar Tree Academy is an early childhood public charter school located in the southeast quadrant of the District of Columbia, and takes its name from local hero Frederick Douglass’ estate, Cedar Hill. The school provides access to exceptional Pre-kindergarten 3, Pre-kindergarten 4 and Kindergarten education for over 320 children. With more than half the population at Cedar Tree at or below the poverty line and one-third of the school’s population dealing with the challenges of homeless, their leadership and instructional staff is committed to the academic, social and emotional growth of each child in their care. By creating a loving environment with high expectations, Cedar Tree is pushing its students to change their conditions of generational poverty and illiteracy.
About Paige & Paxton
Since 2012, Paige & Paxton materials and training have helped schools and communities across the country infuse STEM into their elementary classrooms. Paige & Paxton STEM resources are used in 15 school systems, including Chicago Public Schools, the third largest in the nation, and the company has trained more than 500 educators across the nation. Their informal experiences, Paige & Paxton STEM Make-a-thons, have been held in New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, working with partners such as Girl Scouts of America and the global ed-tech company General Assembly.
Join the movement to get the next generation excited about engineering, science and technology.
Register as a Volunteer for our October 24, 2015 STEM Make-a-thon in Washington, D.C. at www.paigeandpaxton.com/events