Fremont, CA — On January 11, 2017, Junior Medical Academy (JMA) concluded its second session at Green Elementary School. This time with an attendance of over 40 students, JMA was moved to the multi-use room for its classes. Adding new equipment to supplement the activities and improving on the old curriculum, JMA was able to raise its standards of performance. With the help of Irvington volunteers and a Horner Junior High student, the class was run very smoothly and the students were able to grasp the information from each lesson very well. The highlight of the second session at Green Elementary was the formalization of the jeopardy games played previously.
Using a more modernized online jeopardy maker on playfactile.com and buzzers, the environment more closely resembled that of a real competition. The students thoroughly enjoyed pressing the buzzers and answering questions, and jeopardy often became the most looked forward to activity for the students. Mimicking the structure of high school and middle school competitions like Science Bowl, JMA’s jeopardy encourages students to speak up about their thoughts and interact more closely with their teammates, while preparing them for competitive events in the future.
JMA sincerely thanks Green Elementary for hosting a second session and providing the materials needed for JMA to function. JMA hopes to continue revisiting Green Elementary and building a stronger bond with the talented students attending while inspiring more youth to find interest in STEM.