Adopt A School: Providing Opportunities for Nathaniel Rochester Community School Students
Once a month, Roberts Wesleyan College science students and faculty gather together to foster enthusiasm for science by mentoring fourth grade students through monthly visits to Nathaniel Rochester Community School #3 (NRCS) in the City of Rochester.
The RWC Math and Science Club joins the NRCS STEM Team and staff as partners in the transformation of NRCS into a STEM Magnet School. Through hands on learning and increased enthusiasm for science, the students at NRCS gain knowledge of science concepts and apply them to the NYS science tests.
One week each month, three RWC faculty members and 15-20 students visit NRCS with the purpose of teaching science lessons. After the professor shares a short lesson, the class breaks into groups, and each RWC student continues to teach the lesson to the students through hands-on learning, peer discussion, and completion of worksheets in a small adult to student ratio. Each lesson taught consists of a specific topic that will be covered on the New York State 4th Grade Science Test.
In addition to monthly meetings, NRCS students are provided with the opportunity to visit the RWC Campus Visit. During the day of the visit, each hour spent on campus covers a different area of interest. Students participate in chemistry and biology labs, art projects, nursing demonstrations, and P.E. activities, all while touring the campus. The RWC Campus visit further establishes the bond between NRCS students and RWC, increasing enthusiasm for science and higher education.