2009 Fellows

    Brittany Dukov

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“As a Van Amson Fellow, I spent my summer interning with the S.T.A.R. (StudenT AmbassadoR) Program at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, and Engineering.  Alongside 4 other interns from Columbia and Barnard, I planned, coordinated, and held a three week summer summit for middle school students. This summit included classroom lessons on environmental issues, engineering problem solving, and teamwork strategies.”

“Interning with S.T.A.R. taught me a lot about the educational process.  I found ways to use different methods and strategies for teaching difficult concepts to young students.  Also, in teaching the students about environmental problems and sustainability issues, I, myself, learned a great deal about these subjects.  For example, while Harlem faces many environmental issues linked more to public policy than to individual practices, there are a number of problems that can be easily alleviated by individuals taking steps to improving the environment.  Clear examples of this are seen in the projects that the students in S.T.A.R. completed – a revamped recycling system for their school, a rainwater catchment system on the roof of their building, a worm composting bin, and two raised garden beds. ”

“By teaching the students simple steps that can be taken to improve the quality of their environment, I expanded my own knowledge and awareness of environmental issues and common solutions.”