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The student standing proudly in the middle of the photo is Adam Barriga. When he was a 6th grader at the Edwards Middle School, Adam took an apprenticeship called "It IS Rocket Science" taught by volunteer, David Mantus, a scientist from Cubist Pharmaceuticals who many years ago was inspired to pursue science through learning from his dad, a scientist who worked on the lunar space-landing module, and wanted to ignite that same spark that he felt in the next generation of scientists.
After 10-weeks of apprenticeships, Adam joined 100 other Citizen Schools students to present all that they learned and discovered through robotics, video game design, Crime Scene investigation and other exciting topics to family members, public officials and the community at the Science Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) WOW! event. This event was hosted at the Massachusetts State House, right smack in the center of Boston. In this photo, Adam had just finished presenting his own learning of physics, geometry and algebra (in 6th grade!) through telling his family about the virtual space mission that he and his peers navigated with a team at NASA, where they had to utilize math equations and their new scientific knowledge of space to help get a runaway ship safely back to Earth.
Throughout the whole presentation, Adam was beaming. His knowledge of the math was impressive, but even moreso was his confidence and pride in his work. When asked about his favorite parts of the apprenticeship Adam told his grandfather "I like all of it! Being a rocket scientist is fun and I'm good at it! You get to learn what goes on way out there and help people stay safe too. Dr. Mantus said I could do it! I have to keep working hard, but I can do it!"
At this, his grandfater quickly wiped away a tear from his eye, put his arm around his grandson and asked us to take a picture so he could remember this proud time for his family. You see, Adam's grandfather came to the US from Latin America 20+ years before and he works at the MA State House as a custodian. Every day, 6 days/week he cleans the shiny marble floor, the very same floor that his 12-year old grandson had just stood on, dazzling them with his scientific knowledge and excitement about his own future.
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