March 15, 2012
Today, students at Phillip Murray Elementary Language Academy were treated to a special assembly by hosts of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. The Museum of Science and Industry and Discovery Education presented the event to an all-school assembly of Murray students in the auditorium. The event also was broadcast live to students across the country as part of Discovery Education LIVE! a webinar series which brings current issues to classrooms in real-time through innovative learning experiences.
"Mythbusters has proven to be an exciting vehicle for expanding the classroom and helping students develop a love of learning," said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. "Having begun my education career as a science teacher, I appreciate that Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are sharing their enthusiastic passion for science with our students. We extend our thanks to the Museum of Science and Industry for providing this opportunity to Chicago Public Schools and to classrooms across the nation."
The event expanded the classroom with an assembly that sparked students’ natural curiosity by showing them just how fun science could be. Additionally, students received an exclusive look at the new interactive experience Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition, which is opening today March 15 at the Museum of Science and Industry and runs through September 3, 2012.
Chicago Public Schools Chief Instructional Officer, Dr. Jennifer Cheatham, and Chancellor Cheryl Hyman of the City Colleges of Chicago addressed the assembly on the importance of STEM education and how it prepares students to be college and career ready.
Last month, CPS, City Colleges of Chicago, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new partnership with five industry leaders, which will give CPS students the opportunity to attend Early College STEM Schools that focus on technology skills and career readiness, as well as earn college credits. The five companies, IBM, Cisco, Microsoft Corporation, Motorola Solutions and Verizon Wireless, will help develop a unique curriculum at each new school to teach students the skills required in that marketplace, as well as provide mentors and internships. Upon graduating from these tailored programs, the students will be prepared for careers in science and technology. In order to learn more about these schools, please visit the ECSS website.
Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.