Weekly news updates and enrichment activities brought to you by the Netter Center team 
March 1st, 2021 

Dear UACS families,

We hope that everyone is doing well! This week's issue is STEM-themed. Check out some wonderful after-school opportunities that explore coding, science experiments, gaming, and more, along with Summer 2021 STEM programs through Penn.  

Wishing you good health,
The Netter Center

Enroll in UACS this spring!

Comegys: Enroll here | More Information

Lea: Enroll here | More information

Hamilton and Mitchell: Enroll here | More information

West Philly High School: Email UACS Site Director, Corey James: coreyj@upenn.edu

Sayre High School: Enroll here

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UACS Programming
Hamilton and Mitchell After School Program

Fife-Penn Coding Club

Interested in learning to code with Python and Scratch? Join the Fife-Penn Coding Club to learn how to program robots and games like Flappy Bird! To join the coding club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6pm for 2nd-5th grade or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm for 6th-8th grade, click HERE!
Comegys After School Program

Blast Off

Science is back at UACS Virtual After School with more experiments, more topics, and more fun! Join Moelis Access Science (MAS) every Friday at 4:10 pm! Click HERE to access the Comegy UACS Padlet!

Bonus Gaming Sessions

Play Among Us, Switch, Xbox, Playstation, Skribble.IO, and MORE at the Bonus Gaming Session! This event is available on Fridays from 6 pm-7 pm. Come play at UACS Recess by clicking HERE.
The GRASP lab and AI4ALL have partnered to teach Artificial Intelligence (AI) to high school students in the Philadelphia area. Students will experience lectures, hands-on learning, and mentorship as they learn the fundamentals of AI, its application to robotics, and its impact on society. High school students interested in Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, and the social impact of these technologies should join this 2-week daytime summer program. No coding or AI experience is needed. Click HERE to learn more!
Local News 

City-Wide Updates

The City of Philadelphia’s effort to inoculate teachers, principals, and staff of all schools is now underway with the launch of an initial clinic at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Roberts Center for Pediatric Research. The program will continue in the coming weeks and expand to pop-up clinics located in school buildings throughout the city. 

Click for: City Updates

Penn Updates

A new position in the University of Pennsylvania Police Department (UPPD) is dedicated to working with the campus and local Philadelphia communities on issues of diversity. Nicole McCoy, a former lieutenant, was promoted to captain and is the Division of Public Safety’s new commanding officer of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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School District of Philadelphia Updates

For the latest updates from the School District of Philadelphia on return to in-person learning, click HERE!

Click for: SDP Updates
Click here to contact Site Directors about K-8 student peer support groups!
Netter Center Staff Spotlight
Community Events, Highlights & Resources
NASA Kids Club
NASA provides a safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions. On this site, you will find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics! Click HERE to learn more!
Women’s History Month STEM Career Chat
Join Exelon STEM Leadership Academy on March 22nd from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm to learn from women working in the energy utility field in honor of Women's History Month! Hear from women that help provide energy to their communities safely and reliably. Students will get to ask questions about their careers, education, and much more. Participants must be young women in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade or STEM Academy alumnae. Participants must have computer and internet access and be interested in fully participating in the Zoom session by sharing video. Click HERE to learn more!

Black-led project makes open call for submissions about 2020 George Floyd protests

How should Black Philadelphians remember the protests that rocked Philadelphia over the police killing of George Floyd last year?
A new Black-led project aims to answer that question and foster the discussion around the Black resistance movement here.
The Paul Robeson House and Museum and literary organization Blue Stoop are seeking submissions from individuals who participated in the protests over police brutality and structural racism for a project informally dubbed the Philadelphia Black Uprising of 2020 project. Click HERE to learn more!
Click HERE to listen!
Job Training, Employment, and Volunteer Opportunities
Click Here to Access More Job Training Resources
OIC Philadelphia: Computer Literacy
Are you new to using computers? If you need to get more comfortable with the digital world for work or just want to explore, OIC’s Computer Literacy classes sponsored by Comcast Internet Essentials can help get you started. Computer Basics class subjects include parts of the desktop computer, laptop computers and netbooks, understanding operating systems, programs and applications, Wi-Fi basics (modem, router, LAN), introduction to the internet, internet safety, search engine basics, and more.

If you’re interested in taking one of their classes, click HERE or call 215-236-7700, ext. 348.

WPSDI No-Cost CDL Training and Jop Opportunities 
WPSDI is searching for customer-service superstars who have had a valid driver’s license for at least the last three years, who have open schedule availability, and who possess an interest in growing a career at SEPTA. Training is online, but testing is in-person. Access to a laptop or desktop computer, broadband internet, a webcam, and a word processing program like Microsoft Word or similar are essential to training completion.
The deadline is Tues. March 2nd at 5 pm. Click HERE for more information!

Pennsylvania Career Link Philadelphia

Strengthen your job application skills to reach your career goals by signing up for FREE workshops and training opportunties through Pennsylvania Career Link, Philadelphia. Click HERE to learn more!
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