Educational Adventures

 

EDUCATIONAL ADVENTURES

As CYSP scholars participate in educational adventures, they are exposed to communities and situations that raise their social and cultural awareness. Scholars collaborate with one another to organize and actualize their experiences.
Elements of Educational Adventure may include:
• Overnight Activities
• Trips & Camps
• Cultural Exposure
• College & University Visits


Overnight Activities (PAUSED DURING PANDEMIC)

Overnight activities’ main aim is to strengthen relationships, have fun, and learn skills in a setting outside of the classroom and school. Overnight activities are planned to encompass as many different of the CYSP activities, ranging from individual test practice to community service to extracurricular activities.

Overnight activities’ main aim is to strengthen relationships, have fun, and learn skills in a setting outside of the classroom and or school, all while being supported by teachers and chaperones in a safe environment. Additionally, overnight camp helps students make friends and boost their social skills.

Students in CYSP program may participate overnight and sleepover activities. The location of the events will vary. Only school-organized activities count for this category.

This category is optional for all levels, however, these activities are very important in terms of their point value and this will help gold and silver students reach their goal at the end of the year. The point value allocated to this category is 30 points. The maximum overnight activity entries allowed for each student are up to 15 nights throughout the school year.  

Examples:

  • School lock-in events
  • Out of town camping trips sponsored by the school
  • Focus study group overnight activities 
  • Out of town college trips 
  • Out of state school events, (e.g., MATHCON, CONSEF)
  • All overnight activities must implement an educational component.  

The entry to Log:

  • Scholars enter their overnight activities information in their Concept SIS student account under CYSP tab as  “Overnight Activities”.  

Trips serve the purpose of allowing students to explore their localities and see what services their home towns/cities have on offer. This activity allows students to build relationships with local businesses as well as local people.

 

Trips are educational experiences that allow students to apply their lessons to the real world. These trips tend to be the most memorable moments of a student’s career. 

The point value allocated to this category is 8 points. 

Examples: 

  • Museums
  • Landmarks

The entry to Log:

Scholars enter their in-town trip information in their Concept SIS student account under  “Virtual Educational Trips”. 

Cultural Exposure 

With the world becoming a smaller place to live due to rapid progress and growth of globalization, Cultural Exposure activities are one of our guiding principles in exposing students to new cultures. The main behind this is to ensure that our students learn how to function as global citizens.

In Cultural Exposure,  individuals from different cultures,  religions, and ethics can work together, respect each other, become familiar with each other’s traditions, regardless of whether s/he is a minority or not. Cultural Exposure activities provide some fundamental principles to the students to overcome problems in these situations. 

CYSP students are expected to participate in activities that expose them to different cultures. Students can attend cultural events or visit different cultural centers.

This category is mandatory for most students and optional for 5-6 graders and seniors. The point value allocated to this category is 15 points. The maximum intercultural activity entries allowed for each student are up to 10 times throughout the school year.  This applies to all who participate in this activity.

Examples:

  • Attending cultural festivals
  • Visiting Chinatown, Greektown, Chinese, Italian cultural centers/museums, etc.
  • Hispanic Heritage Celebration
  • Visiting cultural centers
  • International programs which are organized by school, community, society
  • Attending a cultural event hosted by the school
  • Visiting museums which reflect different cultural backgrounds
  • Advisors can create a program to expose scholars to a different culture.

The entry to Log:

Scholars enter their intercultural activities information in their Concept SIS student account under  “Cultural Exposure”. 

Virtual Educational Trip 

Trips serve the purpose of allowing students to explore their localities, and see what services their home towns/cities have on offer. This activity allows students to build relationships with local businesses as well as local people.

 

Trips are educational experiences that allow students to apply their lessons to the real world. These trips tend to be the most memorable moments of a students career. 

The point value allocated to this category is 15 points. 

Examples: 

  • Museums
  • Landmarks

The entry to Log:

Scholars enter their in-town trip information in their Concept SIS student account under  “Virtual Educational Trips”. 

Virtual College & University Visits

A planned College visit allows prospective students to take campus tours to learn about the college or university’s facilities, as well as student life, culture on campus, academics, and programs offered by the institution.

College visits allow students to ask questions, meet other prospective students, and understand college on a deeper level. Students get a sense of the college’s vibrancy, character, and facilities. Visits will provide them with a more complete picture.

College visits organized by the school are the only trips that will count for this category. 

This category is mandatory for high school students and optional for the younger grades. Please keep in mind that this activity is very important in terms of its point value and this will really help gold and silver students reach their goal at the end of the year.

The point value allocated to this category is 15 points. The maximum college trip entries allowed for each student are up to 5 times throughout the school year.  This applies to all who participate in this activity.

Examples:

  • Visit a local college or university on your school trip.
  • Visit a college or university with the  CYSP group and advisor.

The entry to Log:

Scholars enter their college trip information in their Concept SIS student account under  “College & University Visits”.