STEMulate Minds from STL->CostaRica

ShowMe Costa Rica Riverview Edition                             
Explore. Empower. Experience.
the 3E's for the riverview edition
of our ShowMe Costa Rica Project
Dates of Travel: March 16th-March 24th, 2015


Five students have been selected from Riverview Gardens High School to participate in an inaugural partnership with EducationFirst Tours (EF) to explore the following aims in EF’s Costa Rica: A Touch of the Tropics 9-day educational tour . The Show Me Costa Rica Project is a year-long commitment for students and families; during which they will:

· Identify, Compare, & Reflect upon Costa Rican Culture

·  Conduct Field Research on Costa Rican Ecology, Sustainability, and Economics

·  Investigate Pathways for Opportunities through and beyond High School

·  Resolve to be Resilient through Unsettling Community Events


Trip participants, family members, and the trip advisor are responsible for participating in pre-departure activities and securing funds/passports/necessary documents for students. The mission of the Show Me Costa Rica Project is to empower:

·  Collaboration of Participants, their Parents, and Stakeholders

·  Organization and Accountability for Actualizing Tasks according to a Strict Timeline

·  Creation of Forums that will expose participants’ peers to nontraditional high school activities


Students applied and interviewed in order to secure their positions as participants. Before departing participants plan and execute several bonding, fundraising, research experiences. Successful funding of the Show Me Costa Rica Project, will provide students access to experience:

·  Hands-on Learning

·  International Travel

·  Self and Community Affirmation

·  Fruition of a Goal

Upon returning from Costa Rica, students will publish blogs of their experience, present at schools within the district, and serve as ambassadors for the next group of participants.

                              MEET THE PARTICIPANTS

at least a 3.80 GPA and an attendance record of 95%.

Cameron, 11th grade
I am the middle child of five and we are more than familiar with overcoming the hardships of everyday life. Passion is what steers me around roadblocks and intelligence is what guides me through that path. As the president and captain of a nationally competitive step team, I have learned and operate with responsibility for my peers and coaches. Moreover, I have been raised by the strongest woman alive. My mother works hard to obtain a stable home environment for her children and in return all she wants is for us to thrive. That is her deepest hope. As I am hope to my family, The Show Me Costa Rica Project is my hope for the growth of my intelligence beyond societal expectations for me.

Cordell, 11th grade
As the son of two strong, ambitious parents, I am pushed to accomplish my goal of maintaining straight A's and dream of becoming a journalist. My character reflects persistence, ambition, innovation, and determination. I am a teenager, but I am not close-minded to experiences that afford learning beyond the classroom and what the world has to offer. The Show Me Costa Rica Project is proving me the opportunity to elaborate on what I strive for, learning constantly, and exploring.

Jaliyah, 11th grade
I am the eldest of my three siblings.  As the older sibling I must take on new responsibilities, no matter how difficult they may be. While taking these roles, I am learning leadership, patience, and hope. Among these lessons I am learning something very important—self-confidence and responsibility. I love helping others come to realize who they are, what they stand for, and how to be productive in their range of abilities. This pleasure and my enthusiasm for science inspires me to be a primary care physician. Being involved in the Show Me Costa Rica Project gives me more depth within the true meaning of leadership, responsibility, and strength.

Travaughn, 11th grade
I am one brother of four exceptional gentlemen and a mirrored reflection of my loving family. I stand for ambition, adventure, and intellect. My participation in track and field has taught me to be resilient with all of the hardships life presents me. My loving and encouraging mother, who goes to great lengths to support me, is the fuel behind my success. My pursuits to enhance the diversity of my education have granted me the opportunity to study abroad with the inaugural Show Me Costa Rica Project at Riverview Gardens High School! Limitations of my future shall not exist.

Tristian, 10th grade
I am the middle child of six other siblings. Since I was five years old, I have been living with my grandmother. She has always strived to provide me with everything that I need. I believe, because of her and the way she raised me, I am who I have grown to be. Being a young African American female in this time, not many things are expected of me. I believe, I am the embodiment of excellence, focused on success.  I am full of pure potential that I have yet to understand, let alone realize. With me being involved in the Show Me Costa Rica Project, this trip will take me beyond the limits of stereotypes. It will also help me on my journey to success.

 at least a 3.80 GPA and an attendance record of 95%.

Upon returning from Costa Rica, students will publish blogs of their experience, present at schools within the district, and serve as ambassadors for the next group of participants.


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