Introducing our 2020 KIPPterns

Our KIPPterns have started their virtual internships! The program looks a little different this year, but we are so excited for these students to contribute to and learn from their organizations. Students are working with Union Capital Boston, The Blue Lab, and Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu. Our 2020 KIPPterns are:

  • Brian Leon, KALC 2020, Centre College 2024

 

  • Domini Guscott, KALC 2020, Boston University 2024

 

  • Mercedes Matos, KALC 2019, Boston University 2023

 

  • Gabriel Clark, KALC 2019, Dartmouth College 2023 (Also a 2019 KIPPtern)

 

  • Leia Payano, KALC 2020, UMass Amherst 2024

 

  • Ashley Giron, KALC 2020, Fitchburg State University 2024

 

KALC Students Organizing to End White Supremacy

The students of KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate are committed to organizing and mobilizing communities against police brutality, the child of systemic racism in America. We will begin with, but not limit this effort to, our own communities. 

Join us in this effort by donating your time, your ideas, and/or your financial means. In the face of a pandemic, we acknowledge and hope to minimize the additional risk of COVID-19 as we collectively show up in our community. We are assembling a student advisory board who will oversee and ultimately decide how the funds donated to this cause are spent. Some examples may include purchasing masks and hand sanitizer for demonstrators, purchasing and distributing symbols of solidarity (e.g. Black Lives Matter lawn signs), feeding and hydrating our co-conspirators, and redistributing funds to similar causes across nearby communities.

Donate to the GoFundMe here.

KIPP Celebrates Engineering Work in 2019-2020 School Year

Even though the Engineering Fair was cancelled in April due to the Coronavirus, KIPP MA still thanks all of our sponsors and supporters who have helped strengthen our Engineering program this year.

Here are some highlights from Engineering during the 2019-2020 school year.

 

High school students did a project on reverse engineering of everyday items, using CAD and 3-D printing. Above, a group is showing their project, where they reverse engineered a plastic tampon applicator.

At KALE, students’ job was to design and test a new wind turbine prototype to generate electricity for the city of Lynn.  They had common craft materials to create the fan blades, which they mounted onto a small generator (a motor spun in reverse).  We then hooked each group’s wind turbine up to a multimeter to measure electrical output, and then the teacher, Ms. Graybill, used a leaf blower to spin the turbine, and measure how much electricity it generated.

Selected from thousands of entries nationwide, KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate was named a Massachusetts State Winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. The team used inexpensive and recyclable materials to design a practical device that students can use in the cold and dark winter months for additional safety. The winning team was made up of Ismael Diaz Mateo, Leia Payano (both 12th graders), and Serena Porte (11th grade) along with their Engineering teacher and Science Department Chair, Allen Wang.

Sixth graders at KAB and KAL designed apps with the help of Project Lead the Way, which helps to develop students’ STEM skills. They learned basic coding skills and app design principles through MIT’s App Inventor software. One group designed and created an app called “Scan the World”, where users would be able to scan in pieces of trash that they picked up off the ground and be rewarded points for their planet-saving efforts. Another group worked to create an informational app regarding natural disasters. Users would be able to click on a natural disaster and have the emergency protocol for that disaster read aloud to them. Other apps that students developed focused on improving school culture, education, and health.