Student Voice: Moriah Craig and Christian Addoh-Kondi on Career Development Conference


Wenonah student Kiaria Murray pitches an idea for a Prostate Cancer Walk to honor her late father.

It’s been a few months since our fall Career Development Conference and we have yet to recap the day for you but we hope that it was worth the wait.

Today, we are releasing a short film produced by 1504 Pictures that really captures the excitement we feel for this program, the power of partnership, and the potential of our students. Continue reading

Student Voice: Thank you to our partners (in our students’ own words)!

5Last month, Ed and Rotary Club brought together over 50 individual volunteers to pull-off the fall Career Development Conference on Public Speaking for seniors in the Academies of Birmingham at six-BCS high schools.  Over the course of three months, students participated in in-school sessions that equipped them with the knowledge and skills they need to choose a presentation topic, engage their audience, and develop an elevator pitch.  Their hard work culminated in a full-day professional conference, where they learned event more about the art of storytelling, executive presence, and how to develop a presentation.   Continue reading

11/21/14 – Career Development Conference

This past Friday marked the first iteration of the Career Development Conference on public speaking for 12th-grade students in the Birmingham City Career Academies.  Students from six Birmingham City high schools came to the Harbert Center for a full-day of professional development around public speaking, including sessions on story-telling and executive presence, and group-feedback sessions with Birmingham Rotary Club members.  Check out the photos below to see more.


Partnership Feature: Jan Mattingly, Dynamic Education Adventures

IMG_0407Many people would be hard pressed to include homemade ice cream, liquid nitrogen, snakes, and mini ‘explosions’ in a single afternoon – and most would not attempt to do so intentionally. But for local Science Lady Jan Mattingly, it’s all in a day’s work. Literally.

Mattingly is the Founder and CEO of Dynamic Education Adventures, a one-woman travelling science show that seeks to engage young learners in science education through exciting and informative lessons that include any one of the above mentioned props, and many, many more.

Just last week, Mattingly taught in front of a completely mesmerized audience of students who stayed after school at Glen Iris Elementary for a Rocket Party. Mattingly demonstrated the power of air in contained spaces to propel objects, like paper rockets, and students yelled “potential energy!” back at her when asked what property was demonstrated by a loaded and cocked wooden catapult. Later in the week, she facilitated a lesson called Spooky Science at Avondale Elementary – a day that was characterized by fog and ooze and goo.  IMG_0453

“The goal of each visit is to generate interest,” says Mattingly, whose 2014 TEDxBirmingham talk challenged audience members to embrace the power of creativity in Education. “I believe interest is the foundation of deeper learning and if you can get kids engaged from the start, you’ll have better traction with whatever lesson or information you are presenting.”

IMG_0114This year, Ed was lucky enough to bring in Mattingly as a guest presentater for several in-school presentations as part of the Career Development Conference curriculum on public speaking. Mattingly used a lot of the same lessons and activities she uses on younger audiences to demonstrate to high school students the wide variety of techniques you can use to keep your audience engaged during a presentation.

“In my business, I get the opportunity to present my programs to schools, libraries, afterschool programs and even birthday parties as The Science Lady, which makes my job really enjoyable,” she says. “My goals at the beginning of this were to make learning an adventure, provide an affordable service, always value the customer, and give back 10% of what I earn to the community in the form of volunteer opportunities and free programs.” And Ed very much appreciates Jan’s help as a volunteer this year!

Learn more about Dynamic Education Adventures and how you can book The Science Lady for your classroom or school here.