TGB 2014 - Edtech: How Silicon Valley is Shaping the Future of Education

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Application Process: 
TGB 2014
Trip Name: 
Edtech: How Silicon Valley is Shaping the Future of Education
Trip Location: 
SF Bay Area
Air Travel Trip: 
No
Number of Participants: 
10
Trip Description: 

The current educational issues and inequities plaguing the American school system today are threatening the future wellbeing of the next generation. As Stanford students receiving an elite education, we have the power to fix this. This trip will provide participants with exposure to the spectrum of innovations that Silicon Valley has created to address educational inequities and transform schools. We will visit everything from major edtech companies to schools with innovative educational models to venture capitalists. In addition, participants will spend time planning and doing a mini project with a local middle school class on how to improve the classroom experience. By the end, we hope that all participants will have meaningfully reflected on their own educational journeys and begin to brainstorm their own solutions to the seemingly intractable problems within America’s education system. 

Trip Leaders
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Kai Feng

Hi there! I’m Jiabo Feng, and you can also call me Kai from now on. I’m a rising sophomore interested in technology and entrepreneurship as well as business. I don’t know what my major(s) will be at the moment, but right now I’m choosing from Economics, Computer Science, and Product Design. I have always been interested in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. Since Freshman year I joined Compass Fellowship at Stanford, a social-E themed one-year mentorship program, where I learned a lot from my friends who are also passionate about public service and business and they are doing tech startups, voluntary work and much more to pursue their passion in their very own ways. Education is critical to social development and technology is changing the way we are receiving it. During spring quarter of my freshman year, I started working on a project titled Qrio (Q-rio, representing curiosity) that aims to connect minds directly and reshape people’s perspective of the world by putting them in contact with someone from another part of the world. Anyways, I’m really excited about our TGB trip and hope we can learn a lot and all become good friends in the end.

Ngoc Bui

Hello all! I am Ngoc – think “knock, knock” – and I am a sophomore likely majoring in Computer Science with a potential minor in education. Since high school, I have been very passionate about issues of educational inequity. My passion has only intensified after taking a course on German philosophies of education and another course entitled Urban Education at Stanford. These two classes have completely altered my perspective on the purpose of education and the current state of America’s schools. My journey with the TGB program began last fall when I participated in a trip focused on social entrepreneurship. It was definitely a highlight of my freshman year because I learned about a field I had never heard of and met some incredibly inspiring people during our site visits. This past summer, I taught advanced algebra to 8th graders in a spectacular program called Breakthrough that helps highly motivated students get to college. In my spare time, I love listening to music, doing yoga, and marathoning movies on Netflix.  

TGB 2014 - Medicine in Science and Society

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Application Process: 
TGB 2014
Trip Name: 
Medicine in Science and Society
Trip Location: 
San Francisco Bay Area
Air Travel Trip: 
No
Number of Participants: 
10
Trip Description: 

Medicine in Science and Society (MISS) hopes to not only introduce students to the plethora of service opportunities in the bay area, but to also allow students to discover their own passion for medicine integrated with service through observing the various facets of the medical field. The trip aims to focus on four areas of medicine: research, clinical, palliative medicine, and integrative therapy. Students will not only get to attend talks given in the bay area by experts in each of these fields, but will also have the opportunity to work with patients in a various service oriented settings. Throughout the trip, we hope that the students will contribute to deep discussions with their personal experiences with each other, creating a community of determined individuals set to discover what they truly care about.

Trip Leaders
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Maheetha Bharadwaj

Maheetha Bharadwaj, a junior majoring in Biology, is very excited to be directing a TGB.  After volunteering at a cancer center in high school, Maheetha garnered an interest in medicine, especially palliative medicine. Maheetha is particularly interested in using music and dance as therapy for youth development, health, growth, and education. As she proceed through my undergraduate career, I would also like to gain perspective on cross-cultural medicine. As a TGB leader, Maheetha hopes to introduce to the students her passion for medicine and palliative care, and take them on a journey as they examine their own passion for medicine. Maheetha wishes to pursue a medical degree, specializing in pediatric medicine or palliative medicine (or both!). In her free time, she loves dancing, singing, hanging out with friends, going to the movies, and discovering new ways to introduce herself to someone. She look forward to meeting her students.

Michael Jin

Michael is a junior majoring in Biology with a specialization in Molecular and Cell Biology. Despite being raised by parents both specializing in computer science, he discovered his passion for medicine while interning at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Through many opportunities presented at Stanford and interactions with his peers, Michael has discovered diversity in medicine he had overlooked previously. From being selected as a teaching assistant for the course “Sleep and Dreams” to furthering his understanding of basic science in the laboratory, Michael’s passion for exploring medicine through many facets has prompted him to pursue medicine as a potential career and as a TGB leader, he hopes to promote intellectual growth for both others and himself while having fun!

TGB 2014 - Urban Food Solutions: Strategies for Sustainable Food

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Application Process: 
TGB 2014
Trip Name: 
Urban Food Solutions: Strategies for Sustainable Food
Trip Location: 
San Francisco Bay Area
Air Travel Trip: 
No
Number of Participants: 
10
Trip Description: 

For our Thanksgiving Back trip, we have developed a curriculum centered on sustainable food in the Bay Area. We have built a core service learning component, including working at green soup kitchens and volunteering at organic city gardens across Silicon Valley, into the program. We come to this topic from a variety of viewpoints, but first as avid cooks and lovers of food; as lifelong Silicon Valley residents, we are both especially aware of the food choices our home region offers. We believe passionately in the importance of personal food choices in human impact on the environment.

This culinary interest dovetails with a deep interest in confronting the global issue of hunger. With the pressing issues of hunger and constrained resources, especially in the context of large metropolitans, food sustainability is front and center in terms of societal challenges. We hope to supplement our first-hand knowledge of the topics spanned by our TGB course with collective coursework in nutrition, public health, and global projects. Our volunteer experience promises to be an exciting mosaic of science, service, and of course, eating!

Trip Leaders
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Minna Xiao

Hey all! I’m Minna, a junior majoring in computer science and minoring in economics. Hailing from the Bay Area, I’m excited to explore food sustainability in San Francisco with Thanksgiving Back. At Stanford I enjoy studying art history, editing for The Daily and getting involved in various service projects. In my free time, I love swimming, painting, attending concerts and rewatching Arrested Development. Hope to get see you all this fall!

Shubha Raghvendra

Hi everyone! My name is Shubha and I’m a junior pursuing a degree in Human Biology and a minor in Computer Science. As a Silicon Valley native and ardent foodie, I am excited to combine these passions, as well as a deep interest in nutrition and public health, as a Thanksgiving Back leader! On campus I have been involved with a variety of service programs through the Haas Center, and particularly enjoy tutoring and teaching. This fall I’ll be the Peer Health Educator in Twain, and look forward to spending a year learning from and living with my freshmen. In my free time, I enjoy section leading for the CS106 courses, reading, and distance running. I also love exploring hidden pockets of the Bay Area -- something I’m excited to do more of with all of you this Thanksgiving!