United Way of Greater Los Angeles Hosts Fourth Annual Linked Learning Showcase
Eight high school teams to showcase impressive career pathway projects on stage for a prize package valued at more than $1,000
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 14, 2017) – United Way of Greater Los Angeles (UWGLA) announces its Fourth Annual Linked Learning Showcase, an event aimed at recognizing the best-of-the-best in Los Angeles County integrated career pathway projects implemented by high schoolers. Held at Maker City LA, an eclectic workspace for diverse creative businesses and entrepreneurs, the final eight Linked Learning teams will take the stage on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, to showcase their big ideas, innovative solutions and professionalism in front of hundreds of education, business and community leaders.
“Education plays a crucial role in breaking the cycle of poverty,” said Elise Buik, president and CEO of UWGLA. “Linked Learning gives students the technical training and teacher support they need to build a foundation for success after graduation,” added Elmer Roldan, UWGLA’s director of education programs and policy.
This year’s interactive event is unique to most educational showcases or fairs. Each team will have five minutes to present their projects on stage while judging takes place in the audience and amongst a panel of industry experts, similar to the popular KNBC show, “The Voice.” Audience voting will help American International Group, Inc. (AIG) crown the “Crowd Favorite.” Another team will be selected by a panel of judges as “Extraordinary Project,” and will win prize packages worth $250 for each student, plus a prize package valued at $1,000 for their school.
“Student projects were selected for demonstrating a high level of understanding and knowledge of their Linked Learning Pathways,” said UWGLA’s Education Program Officer Amy Silverman. “We love showcasing the diverse talents of Los Angeles County’s students.”
Judges from will deliberate on a winner from the following projects. Full descriptions of each project are posted on the UWGLA website.
- “American Experience Documentary Pitch,” New Media Academy, Hollywood High School, Los Angeles Unified School District - “American Experience Documentary Pitch” applies historical research and literary analysis to develop the concept for a full-length documentary that tells the story about a congressional initiative to defund Planned Parenthood.
- “Desperately Seeking Jane Doe,” STEM Academy of Hollywood, Bernstein High School, Los Angeles Unified School District” - “Desperately Seeking Jane Doe” employs investigative strategy, chemistry, forensic anthropology, DNA fingerprinting, English, and filmmaking skills to create one episode of a true crime docu-series in which students use skeletal remains to piece together the compelling story about a missing person.
- “Energy is All Around,” LAMPE Academy, Lancaster High School, Antelope Valley Union High School District” – “Energy is All Around” combines art and engineering to create a Rube Goldberg machine that shows five different energy transfers using circuits, gears and thermal energy. The machine was designed by sophomores according to engineering and design principles, in order to engage nearby elementary learners in relevant and real life scenarios with science.
- “Environmental Impact Reports,” Academy of Environmental & Social Policy, Lincoln High School, Los Angeles Unified School District – “Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs)” took a team of sophomores through the various scenarios of a real-life construction site. From biology and English, to landscaping and engineering, this interdisciplinary assignment provided in-the-field problem-solving experience.
- “The Hero Project,” New Media Academy, Hollywood High School, Los Angeles Unified School District - “The Hero Project” combines language arts, math, computer science, and engineering to create an original multi-level video game called Mortal Defense. New Media Academy ninth graders worked together to create an entertaining game featuring a hero named Black Widow, whose mission is to prevent the villainous Loki from destroying the world.
- “Leaving a Legacy,” School for Visual Arts and Humanities, RFK Community Schools, Los Angeles Unified School District – “Leaving a Legacy” is grounded in humanities and integrates visual arts and media design, geography, and writing to create a portrait and narrative that conveys the educational journey of a high school senior.
- “Shark Tank Integrated Project,” Creative Arts, Media and Design; Pasadena High School, Pasadena Unified School District – “Shark Tank Integrated Project” is a collaboration between graphic design and visual art students. Similar to the popular show on ABC, students worked in teams to identify a market need for an invention to improve quality of life.
- “When Geometry Meets Fashion,” Technical Art and Design Academy, Hawthorne High School, Centinela Valley Union High School District – “When Geometry Meets Fashion” takes students to the cutting edge of mathematics and style! The students from Hawthorne High School used abstract geometry concepts and skills like precision and symmetry to create an elaborate and avant-garde design fit for the runway.
Linked Learning is an initiative that transforms a traditional high school education to an engaging experience that brings together strong academics, career technical education, and real-world experience to expose students to potential career opportunities.
UWGLA is a proud partner of PwC, AIG and The James Irvine Foundation. Generous sponsorships by PwC, AIG and The James Irvine Foundation helped power this year’s Linked Learning showcase.
The showcase will take place at Maker City LA,1933 S. Broadway, 11th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90007 at 5:30 p.m.
At the showcase, UWGLA will reveal the new logo of the Los Angeles Regional Coalition for Linked Learning (LARCLL), an alliance of education, employer and government stakeholders that champion Linked Learning to enact transformative change to the education system across the nation.
About United Way Greater Los Angeles:
United Way of Greater Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways out of poverty by helping homeless people move into housing, providing students with the support they need to graduate high school prepared for college and the workforce, and helping hard-working families become financially stable. United Way identifies the root causes of poverty and works strategically to solve them by building alliances across all sectors, funding targeted programs and advocating for change. For more information, visit www.unitedwayla.org.
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