June 25, 2018

Happy First Day of BranchOut! 2018!

Day one started out with a bang at the Montgomery County Public School and James Lee Community Center! 

Here you can see our mentors gearing up to meet their first round of students! 

Students began day one by tackling the topic of...

June 19, 2018

This past Saturday, members of the BranchOut program gathered at Pender Professional Center in Fairfax, VA for a training session. BranchOut is a multicultural STEM education program that was created by Dr. Yushien Wu in order to help spread cultural awareness and to f...

March 6, 2018

Last year, I participated in the Branchout program. I was able to meet people from unique cultural backgrounds and students with different learning needs. During my experience, I built strong relationships with my mentees. One of these mentees was a 21 year old student...

October 31, 2017

Delegate Kenneth R. Plum invited Dr. Sharon Wu to his show to talk about the Branch Out! Multicultural STEM Education program. This non-profit program attracted 65 students from 25 different schools this summer to help over 200+ charter school, FCPS, and homeless shelt...

October 25, 2017

Starting on 11/14, current mentors or those interested in joining our program are welcome to come volunteer at the James Lee Community Center every Tuesday from 4-5 pm and receive 1 hour of community service. This volunteer opportunity is hosted by the McLean High Scho...

October 1, 2017

Congratulations to the six mentors who were chosen to receive the Calvin J. Li Award for exceptional leadership ability! Mentors were chosen based on student nominations, self-reflection, and site managers’ feedback. The awards were presented in three levels with a mon...

October 1, 2017

On Saturday, September 30 , 2017, 21 student mentors were nominated by their peers to receive the “U.S. House of Representatives Certificate of Congressional Recognition" signed by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock. Nominations were evaluated and approved by the MCSE comm...

August 31, 2017

I learned that kids with different personalities respond to different languages. For example, for a particularly "rowdy" kid Abby in the program, it was more effective to convince her that she is a responsible and independent person when demanding her to clean up after...

August 31, 2017

As a mentor, I needed to be more of an extrovert. Unlike the younger students I mentored previously, the students at J.E.B. Stuart were less likely to raise their hands and more likely to say "no." Thus, I had to constantly ask them if they needed help, and I made sure...

August 31, 2017

As a mentor, I became better at talking to each student individually and explaining to them the different concepts we learned. I found that many students were visual learners, so I changed my teaching style from speaking to them to actually showing them. As a person, I...

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