iPRAXIS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was created to foster a love of science, technology, engineering and math in students who attend Philadelphia public and charter schools. iPRAXIS achieves this by recruiting volunteer mentors to enhance middle school learning through project-based learning science fair projects and related presentations and research.
Professionals are also recruited as judges for school based science fairs and for career presentations, both of which expose students to the relationship between their science fair projects and the real world.
Over the past few years, USciences has supported iPRAXIS events and this year is sponsoring several students. The University is further connected through pharmaceutical sciences’ Dr. Adeboye Adejare who is secretary of the board for the nonprofit.
This past year, iPRAXIS worked with 600 students on science fair projects in six schools across Philadelphia. Two-thousand students were reached through classroom and school presentations. Another 90 students were supported through after school engineering programs.
Through working on a science fair project with iPRAXIS, Marcus Cruz from Northwood Academy Charter School grew to love science so much that he joined an after school engineering program called Future Cities in order to keep working after the completion of his project. This year, he completed another science project, continued working with Future Cities and was accepted to the Summer STEM program at the United States Naval Academy, as well as, Science Leadership Academy, where he will enter as a freshman this fall. Marcus’ mother, Elaine, says, “[Marcus] seems to have taken to being more responsible, responsive and organized for his workload…I really feel this is in part, due to iPRAXIS’ ongoing and consistent support!”
In order to continue to provide students like Marcus with the best volunteers, materials and programs, iPRAXIS is raising funds through student sponsorships for the 2012-13 school year. It costs $300 to support one student for the entire school year, providing access to volunteers, transportation, after school programs and attendance to the annual celebration, iFunction. There are also sponsorship levels both above and below $300 and with the donation, donors will receive a thank you letter and picture of the supported student.
Support a Philadelphia student today by “Sponsoring a Scholar” with iPRAXIS. Donate online at http://ipraxis-sponsor-a-scholar.ettend.com/ or contact iPRAXIS Public Relations Coordinator, Zofia Wleklinski at 215.966.6254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors: University of the Sciences, Chantelle Fitzgerald, Bernard Lee, Madelane Shane, David Fair, Eric Kaiser, Scott Robinson, The Gathering Place, Colleen Lawson-Thornton, Sheldon Krieger, Emily Frankowski, Lorenda Wleklinski, Chris Bellis, Elizabeth Randolph, Ashley Zammitt, Maria Recupero, Powelton Pizza, Rob Smith, Joseph Wells, Anthony Moore, Sally Bullard and Emily Zucchino
1. Northwood Solar Car Team w Mike 2012: Two students from Northwood Academy Charter School work diligently to build a solar car with guidance from Scienteer Mike (not pictured) from the Naval Recruitment Office.
2. Students Shaking Hands: Two student honorees from iFunction, iPRAXIS' annual celebration and awards ceremony, congratulate each other on being recognized for their outstanding science fair projects with lab coats and special Praxies medals!
3. Belmont Mentoring 2011.2012: A 7th grade student from Belmont Charter School laughs with delight as she travels down the hallway as a test rider for a friend's iPRAXIS science fair project: a hovercraft!
4. Martha Washington Science Fair 2012: iPRAXIS science fair judge, Michael Hopkins-Doerr, shakes hands with Christina Amos, 8th grade student at Martha Washington Elementary, after learning about her project "Does Caffeine affect blood pressure?" Christina even got her grandmother to stop drinking caffeinated coffee after her science project found that caffeine increases blood pressure!