MAD-news for May: STEM/STEAM Partnerships

Hi MAD-learn,

A few weeks ago I was honored to attend and be a part of the SEE Summit: Students for Equitable Education, hosted by Digital Promise but organized, led, and presented entirely by STUDENTS. It was such a refreshing conference and I would like to encourage you to think about how you can empower your students to share their voice, their opinion, and their suggestions with your community as well. We have so much to learn from those we serve everyday. We would be happy to help you organize an event like this for your students, so please reach out. #SEEUsAll 

Alefiya Master

Founder & CEO

What’s hAPPening

STEM/STEAM Partnerships

Partnerships are at the core of who we are at MAD-learn. When Miami-Dade County Public Schools was looking for more business partners to work with schools who are in the process of getting their STEM/STEAM Designation, we were happy to help! We have had the opportunity of sharing our journey and experiences with teachers and students at Leewood Elementary and Lakeview Elementary and have LOVED seeing the smiles on students’ faces as they learn to build their own mobile apps. 

Virtual Internships Available!

The MAD-learn team is currently accepting applications for virtual internships. This opportunity is intended to provide substantial and relevant workplace experience in the field. The internship will take place remotely, and comprise work carried out in communication with a supervisor at both the school and MAD-learn. Individualized assignments and projects for interns are uniquely crafted, based on the intern’s interests. Scheduling is flexible, also driven by a candidate’s availability. These positions are unpaid, but stipends may be available based on projects, length of internship, and performance during the experience.

If you know of a high school or college age student who might be interested in this unique experience, please share this link to the application form.



MAD-teachers of the Month

Shaina Philpot is not only a Site Coordinator for the University of Kansas GEAR UP program that works with students in the Kansas City, KS school district, she is also a full-time student working on attaining her doctorate degree in Leadership in Higher Education from Northcentral University.

When asked about her MAD-learn experience, she said, “MAD-learn has been a phenomenal experience for both students and teachers.

The support provided by MAD-learn to help students develop apps is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s fun and engaging for all involved, from the beginning stages of brainstorming to seeing the final product! I truly value our partnership with MAD-learn and look forward to a future full of ‘APP’iness!” Education is her passion and Shaina considers herself a lifelong learner. We are so happy she has chosen to spend time with us!

Julius Brownlee is also a teacher of many skills. He describes himself as “a Culture Carrier, Equity Warrior and a Good Trouble Disruptor.” Julius considers it a privilege to “holistically assist” 3300 students in the Kansas City, Kansas Public School district. He has done so as a College Access Coordinator with KU GEAR UP for 7.5 years.

He and his colleagues formulate successful programming, to increase their shareholder’s participation in post-secondary studies, and eliminate their need for remediation.

This “Culture Carrier” also spends time writing, performing and producing his own music.

Julius was magnanimous in his response to being named co-recipient of this month’s recognition, saying, “What a huge honor. Thank you guys for all that you do for our students. The Real MVPs. Salute!”

May’s Featured Tutorial

Adding descriptions and tags is a requirement for full publication of an app to the MAD-store. These also serve as valuable learning experiences in the value of relevant identification and marketing practices. But you may ask, “How do I get to that part of my app?” This simple, one minute video tutorial walks you through the steps. Check it out!


Don’t leave without…

… checking out our APPy Hour next week for CSTA Florida educators! CSTA is the Computer Science Teacher’s Association and we are thrilled to partner with their Florida chapter to bring ideas and engagement around app development to teachers in the sunshine state! Now if only we can go visit a sunny beach in person soon… 

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