Jewels Academy Gazette - April 2020
Tentative Calendar:

*5/ 16  -  Y.E.S. Spring Reconnect Virtual

*6/ 6, 13, 20, 27  -  Math Camp

*7/ 11, 18, 25 - Y.E.S. Summer Series

10/ 3  -  Y.E.S. Girl Scouts Collaboration

*Note:  All May, June and July Workshops will be Virtual.  More to follow.
A Day in the Life:

4/13/1970 - 50th anniversary of the oxygen tank explosion on Apollo 13 mission. Thanks to amazing teamwork, quick thinking, and some creative uses for duct tape, the astronauts made it back safely.

4/18/1955 - Albert Einstein dies at the age of 76. 
REAL FACT - Einstein's brain was actually stolen during his autopsy to be saved for scientific study! For more info, radiolab did an entire podcast on the story.

4/22 - 50th anniversary of Earth Day!
Earth Day has gone digital! Keep an eye out for more campaigns and curriculum that interest you.
New College STEM Scholarships! 

Jewels Academy's college scholarships sponsored by Cognizant Technology Solutions

We are so pleased to announced this new scholarship.  Five total scholarships will be awarded at $2500 each to a graduating high school senior, current undergraduates, and graduate women dedicated to pursuing a career in STEM.

Cognizant is a technology company dedicated to promoting the development of new generation of diverse innovators, and we are so proud to partner with them as we strive towards the future together. The application closes
May 7th, so be sure to apply now!

Amount awarded: $2,500
Due: May 7th
High school graduating seniors, undergraduate and graduate female students pursuing STEM careers


As many of us have already experienced, many schools made the switch to online learning. The switch comes with challenges of its own.

Many students, including a number of our own Jewels, have technology limitations in the households (i.e. lap top and internet).

We at Jewels Academy have already donated laptops for over 20 students, but this is not enough. If you or someone you know has a "like new" laptop or wish to contribute towards a student's hotspot device, please contact us at the email below. If your student is one of those with this obstacle, please reach out to us and we will work to anonymously connect you with necessary equipment as soon as it becomes available.

Thank you.


Other Ways to Help

As a non-for-profit, we greatly rely upon support from the community to keep our programs running. We would love to welcome those interested in becoming a student intern or volunteer with our team. To sign up, email



Special thanks: We at Jewels just want to share our heartfelt gratitude to all of our doctors, nurses, CNAs, PAs, NPs, sterilization teams, researchers, and everyone else bravely working to control the spread of this outbreak, both on the front lines and behind the scenes. We wish you and your families a safe Spring and Summer to come.

Spring Reconnect:
Moved to Tentatively to May

In effort to protect our young Jewels, we have postponed our Spring reconnect workshop until a time when it is safe for everyone–the students, mentors, and volunteers–to explore the world of STEM together once again. For now, that time has been tentatively marked as May 16th, though it may ultimately be held virtually.  We will keep everyone updated as the situation continues to develop.
2020 Y.E.S. Spring Reconnect
Tentatively May 16th (Virtually)
(Register Now!)

Preparing Kids' Educational Entertainment at the Home-front

While school is currently "back in session," that can mean very different things -–especially when it comes to free time. Before kids start becoming one with the Netflix account, try spicing up their intake with these social distancing-friendly activities.

The "Disaster Detector" image above comes from a game by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. In it, the player has been hired as a Disaster Detector and must use the meteorological and seismographic instruments to first correctly predict what disaster will strike next and then install proper protections within the city. All this while keeping the citizens happy and staying in budget!
This science-learning game and others for ages K-middle school can be found in Smithsonian's aptly named "Distance Learning" section at

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry has also provided experimental instruction intended to stunt the growth of the dreaded "couch potato." Featured here are Earth Day activities such as egg carton sprout gardens, recycled paper, worm farm, strawberry DNA extraction, and garden in a glove, but the site itself is filled with everything from instructions on engineering newspaper forts to creating a basic home circuit board to the eternal favorite: slime! Best of all, each experiment comes with not only instructions, but also organized scientific explanations on what is happening.

All these experiments and more are waiting at


Jewels Academy still plans on hosting our annual June Math Camp series for students of 4th-8th grades. This workshop serves as an important space for students to practice existing math skills, discover new strategies, and develop a positive attitude towards math in an encouraging environment during their time away from school. 


Good online resources can be tricky to find, so we have gathered a Library of Libraries for educational experiments, games, videos, live streams, and more! 

Have Fun!

California Academy of Sciences
       Academy @ Home

California Science Center
       Stuck at Home Science

       Online Learning Center

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry
       Science at Home

New York Hall of Science
      Bringing NYSCI to You

Ohio Center of Science and Industry
       COSI Connects

       Science Education Center


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