The Museum of Science Industry or MSI conducts the well-known Farrell Fellows internship every summer. They draw in numerous teens in the Chicago area to come to the museum so that they will become more educated and interested in the area of scientific learning. In the western hemisphere, MSI happens to be largest science museum, so they feel compelled to do their part in tapping the interest of the children who serves as the voice of the new generation.
The Successful Science Spins Program
One of its successful programs is known as Science Spins, and this was established by a successful financial professional based in Chicago called Maarten de Jeu. He is a popular strategic business advisor, who happens to be founder and managing partner of SVM Business Advisory. He has built a stellar career track record in the finance sector, international business dealings, and commercial real estate investment.
Giving back to the community is always on top of the agenda, so when he was co-chair for the Farrell Fellowship, he went all out for the Science Spins program to tap the attendee’s curiosity, encourage their minds to think critically, and to help them harness creative and innovative ideas. The Science Spins focused on the history of the bicycle, which he and his team conducted in a creative manner to spark the interest of the museum visitors, and most especially, the Farrell Fellows interns
The Founder’s Track Record
Marteen de Jue’s impressive career and community achievements are in line with his equally impressive track record in business education. He ranked first in his class for his MBA program at the prestigious University of Oxford. Marten has always believed in the importance of a good education, so he has always strived hard in school. He happens to speak English, Dutch, German, and French while being a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Partnering with MSI is extremely important for Maarten because he wants to impart his knowledge to the younger kids. He believes that inculcating the value of a good education begins when children are in their impressionable years. One of the best ways to do it is to make use of their valuable free time during the summer, which is what the Farrell Fellowship aims to do. The value of a good education, the love for learning, and the continuous quest for knowledge all become a determinant of future success.
The Nitty-Gritty of the Farrell Fellowship
The MSI’s Farrell Fellowship takes place during the summer months with the program lasting for five week. Aside from an intensive science course work, the teen participants learn other things that will become beneficial for their future. Aside from just touching on science issues, the kids deal with things like improving leadership skills, harnessing the gift of public speaking, and stimulating their imagination and creativity, all by working with the particular scientific topic for that summer period. The high light of the program is towards the end when the students craft and present their interactive science activities with their own museum displays and through their involvement with their communities. Learn more: https://www.behance.net/maartendejeu
To illustrate, in the 2014 program, forty teens crafted the America’s Got Bubbles culminating show, where the goal is of course to learn the chemistry behind these fascinating bubbles that are popular with both children and adults. To further their cause, they visited seventeen public library branches in the Chicago area to present and explain to the community about the intricacies of bubbles and how it applies to real life.
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