Science Achievers deepen their work by pursuing more rigorous science topics, meeting with working science professionals, preparing for college and careers and more.
Science Achievers on TV
Teens in MSI’s Science Achievers youth development program hosted a live, call-in TV series on CAN-TV, Chicago’s community access television channel, during the fall, winter and spring sessions.
The show is called TESLA, which stands for "Teens Exploring Science with a Live Audience." The students who starred in the show not only answered questions live on air, they also worked behind the scenes answering calls from viewers.
“The show is a great chance for the teens to share what they’ve learned about science with a wider audience,” said Marvin McClure, manager of community initiatives.
The fall 2013 show focused on the topic of simple machines. Teens built pulley systems, levers, inclined planes and other examples to demonstrate how they make work easier. The winter 2014 show highlighted bugs and other crawly creatures found in an urban environment.And the spring 2014 show featured the chemistry of refreshing beverages like smoothies.
TESLA Cast Members
Anwar Asante, sophomore, Plainfield East High School, Plainfield
Brent Bradford, senior, Kenwood Academy, Chicago
Taylor Calloway, sophomore, Kenwood Academy, Chicago
Tyrone Ferguson, junior, Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago
Martin Jastrzebski, junior, Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago
Malinalla Motton, senior, home school
Asha Nash, junior, Young Women's Leadership Charter School, Chicago
Kenu Redick, sophomore, Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Flossmoor
Samanu Seare, junior, home school, Monee
Dana Winkle, senior, Lincoln Park High School, Chicago
Science Achievers: In Their Own Words
“Doing the TV show was really fun. It let us show our personalities during our hands-on on-air science lessons. I hope that younger students see that science relates to everything around them." -- Brent Bradford
"Being on TV is a great experience. It's helped me on my college applications." -- Dana Winkle
“I think younger students need to do more science experiments. You’ll find that science is an open field. You’ll always find something interesting in science." -- Kenu Redick
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