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Entrepreneur Visits 7th Grade to Demonstrate Real World Science in Action
Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Lisa Mazzocco, visited Mission Dolores Academy today to teach 7th graders about real-world applications of science while also practicing valuable work skills.
Mazzocco, an engineer specializing in robotics, began the discussion by asking students what Kinect, Facebook, and vegetables all have in common. The answer: her company, Blue River Technology. The company integrates technologies used by Kinect and Facebook, as well as advanced robotics technology, to scour farms and identify the health of individual plants. Farmers use the information to more efficiently allocate resources like water and fertilizer, benefiting farmers, consumers, and the environment.
After the presentations, Mazzocco answered the two questions, so students could see how close their answers were. The real answers also gave students insight into what goes into processed foods and how they are made. To students’ surprise (and evidently disgust, as measure by the number of “ewwws”), they learned both Cheerios and chicken nuggets start off as gooey doughs that are then extruded into long tubes and chopped into disks.
Science teacher Mike Adkins said this type of guest presentation is an important component of students’ education at Mission Dolores Academy. “We love it when experts in their field come in and connect what our students are learning with the real world. The math and science concepts become more real, which also makes them more interesting and exciting.”