Ana M Caldeira
Field Trip ● 1998-2017
The field trips motivated my students to pursue careers in science. Often surprised by how young the scientists were, they would say, “I can also be a scientist.” The virtual classroom and fruit fly lab were always successes; students had learned fruit fly biology and Punnett squares before, but learning about them at MIT using a computer program was outstanding. And there were always grad students available to help explain. These trips are invaluable.
Field Trip ● 2014, 2015, 2016
It’s important for students in high-needs districts to have diverse experiences at top colleges, and the field trips to MIT accomplish just that. They enjoy talking to grad students and recognizing that they share similar backgrounds and interests. Afterwards, they find developmental biology and genetics fascinating, and say they see themselves doing research in a lab in the future. They are excited to continue learning new things that students in other schools are not exposed to.
Field Trip ● 2010-17
The field trips have always been a great opportunity for my students to see aspects of biology that they would not normally see in their own classroom — to see science ‘in action.’ Most notably, they’ve had the chance to listen to lectures about the research going on at MIT, and the opportunity to talk to grad students and scientists about what they do on a daily basis. My students always remember and are inspired by their trips to MIT.
Field Trip ● Since 2009
The field trips allow my students to witness research first-hand. I take seniors on these trips, and they return realizing the world of scientific research is intense, and that there are a lot of potential growth opportunities out there. This is an especially important realization since we are a small school — less than 600 students — with no AP classes.
Field Trip ● 2015, 2017
I’ve taken many of my students on field trips to MIT biology over the years. We’ve done career exploration days, lectures, and more; these programs are among the best, and we’ve used some aspects of what we’ve observed as a launch point for our STEM Academy. My students absolutely love coming to MIT — they’re hardworking kids with varied backgrounds, and after visiting they are often inspired to apply to MIT for college.