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Arlington and Alexandria High School Students Summer 2016 Externship

Posted on September 8, 2016 by in AADAPT

 

 

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L-R: Bryan Diaz, Kevin Rosales, Habin Marroquin, Murad Saeed, Wesley Martinez, Musse Yimmer, Abdella Saleh, Zinab Saleh, Yanira Lazo Pineda, Alexis Morgan, and program intern Abby Jacobs

 

For three weeks, beginning August 16 and ending September 1, 2016, ten high school students from Arlington, VA and Alexandria, VA took part in an externship program at the Smithsonian Institution through the Office of Fellowships and Internships. The program was sponsored in part by the 4-H Youth Development Alexandria Cooperative Extension under the leadership of Reginald Morris.

Lead by Karen Carter, the students met weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and experienced a variety behind-the-scenes tours, presentations, and events around SI. The group, consisting of Hiban “Jack” Marroquin, Wesley Martinez, Alexis Morgan, Bryan Diaz Perez, Yanira Lazo Pineda, Kevin Rosales, Murad Saeed, Abdella Saleh, Zinab Saleh, and Musse Yimmer,¬†along with one intrepid program intern, Abby Jacobs, met with curators, researchers and other SI staff from units such as the National Postal Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Zoological Park, the Smithsonian Latino Center, the National Museum of Natural History, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Smithsonian Gardens, the National Air and Space Museum, the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the Smithsonian Libraries, and even the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

The group got to see rare books and postage stamps, meteors as old as our solar system, SI’s extensive recordings collections, the “Big Man” sculpture, Peruvian rope bridges, space shuttle toilets, even a deadly electric eel among many, many other things. They saw the massive computer servers that power the entire institution; honed their resume-writing skills and public speaking abilities in interactive workshops, and learned to distinguish different types of jaguars as well as how to start a compost pile.

The students contributed their expertise as well: translating Arabic and Spanish from artifacts at CFCH and NMNH, for example, or solving a Rubik’s Cube side in under 10 seconds. The three-week program culminated in a final capstone project where each student presented on her or his experience at SI in light of a particular theme. The photos below give a sample of the experiences. To see more images, please click here (all photos are taken by Abby Jacobs). Thank you to everyone, SI staff and high school students who made this externship such a Seriously Amazing experience!

Examining rare books

Examining rare books

 

Touring the Folkways extensive recordings collection

Touring the Folkways extensive recordings collection

Understanding Robert Irwin's California Light Art

Understanding Robert Irwin’s California Light Art

Tasting Allspice leaves in Amazonia at the Zoo.

Tasting Allspice leaves in Amazonia at the Zoo.

 Big, big computers at OCIO

Big, big computers at OCIO

Paola Gomez of STRI presenting on Jaguars

Paola Gomez of STRI presenting on Jaguars

Inspective a Mars meteor

Inspective a Mars meteor

With Henry the Elephant

With Henry the Elephant

At NMAI before touring the Inca Road exhibit

At NMAI before touring the Inca Road exhibit

Seriously Amazing group

Seriously Amazing group