- The Bronx Times wrote about the Mission Society’s Annual Olympics Day event. Check out the article here!
- New York 1 News covered the Mission Society’s Annual Olympics Day event. Check out the footage here!
- Power Academy program managers are planning for another great school year. Our after-school programs will begin on Wednesday, September 12th.
THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
Low Pay Has Teachers Flocking to the Sharing Economy
Many educators are seeking additional income through the sharing economy.
- A survey by Airbnb, a popular platform that lets people rent out their homes and apartments, found that 1 in 10 hosts in the United States work as educators.
- The average annual salary for K–12 public school teachers is around $58,000. Typically, educators spend around $500 a year on school supplies.
- The typical educator host earned $6,500 through Airbnb last year.
- The personality traits of teachers—empathetic, adaptable, and passionate about sharing knowledge—make them good hosts. Moreover, people view educators as trustworthy and safe.
- Uber has also tried to recruit teachers as drivers, since educators are often available in the evenings and on weekends. In Portland, Uber had a promotion for teacher drivers in 2016, in which the company returned 3% of a rider’s fare back to the classroom of that driver.
- Many educators talk about the joy of meeting and learning from new people and companies like Uber and Airbnb are benefiting from letting the public know that educators make up a large percentage of their hosts and drivers.
- Close to 1 in 5 public-school teachers had a second job during the school year and teachers are about 5 times more likely than the average full-time worker in the United States to have a part-time job.
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How Do Diseases Spread in Plants?
How do diseases spread in humans? Often, when we think about spreading diseases in humans, we think about coughs, sneezes, and germs. But how do diseases spread in plants? In this Science Friday experiment, students will explore how infections spread in plants.
- small plastic pipette or eye dropper
- rubber band
- 3 medium binder clips
- 1 box (printer paper box works well)
- 25 mL of water, tinted with food coloring
- small potted plant
- polar graph paper
- 2 colored pencils
- heavy books
- Assemble your testing apparatus, using the box, binder clips, ruler, tape, heavy books, pipette.
- Do a practice test to check alignment of the paper, plant, and dropper.
- Conduct the experiment by releasing one tinted water droplet. Take a photo of the splatter.
- Make a note of any drops that seem to form “super splatters” (more than one drop).
- Repeat for 5 water droplets.
- Carefully remove your plant and polar graph paper. Let them dry.
- Collect more splatter data. Discuss how this data applies to spreading infection.
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