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Identify pros and cons of a situation

Build solutions to realworld issues

Creative problem solving & critical thinking 

Present and improvise



Kids with Capes

Debate Course 

Class Schedule

30 minutes

Lesson on skill of the day

  • Presenting an exhibit (including video/movie clips, poetry, engaging stories, opinion articles, & speeches)

  • Teaching “skill of the day”

30 minutes
“Detective Time!” 

  • Think, Pair, Share

  • Identifying patterns & Drawing connections

  • Group discussions

50 minutes

"Make it Your Own!”

  • Recreating the exhibit in your own way (express yourself!)

  • Friendly debates & Fun writing exercises

  • Public speaking practice

Purple, White and Orange Modern Discover

Rebekah Agwunobi is student at Columbia University who has been conducting research at MIT for three years. Her elective Public Speaking course “Women in STEM x Research Methods” builds upon existing public speaking and debate skills to generate quantitative and qualitative arguments about STEM case studies and subject matter. The class will discuss social issues and identity as they relate to STEM and introduce research processes and methodology in digestible ways. This class does not require extensive STEM knowledge but will engage and apply analytical thinking to learn about new topics such as designing case studies, gene editing, and data analysis. 

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