On Friday, February 17th, I worked with KAPOW (Kids And the Power Of Work) to document students from two elementary schools (G.W. Carver Elementary and Edison Park Elementary) touring the University of Miami. The purpose of this tour was to educate the youngsters on the opportunities that may be available to them if they apply themselves in their education. Kids and Culture Club at the U of M provided the students with access to professors, campus facilities, and both graduate and undergraduate students on the day's tour around the university.

Led by President Donna E. Shalala, the University is comprised of 12 schools and colleges serving more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students in more than 180 majors and programs. In 2010, U.S.News & World Report recognized UM as the No.1 higher education institution in Florida, ranking it No. 47 in its listings of “America’s Best Colleges; it also cited several of the university's programs in the list of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

Established in 1925 during the region’s famous real estate boom, UM is a major research university engaged in nearly $339 million in research and sponsored program expenditures a year. While the majority of this research is housed at the Miller School of Medicine, investigators conduct dozens of studies in other areas, including marine science, engineering, education, and psychology.  The tour gave the KAPOW students an overview of the many educational  and career opportunities available at a world-class university.

I think the kids, myself included, really enjoyed the education related games for the youngsters. The 5th graders had to pick a career (i.e., military officers, doctors/nurses, business managers, lawyers, etc.) and then they had to race to find the specific educational prerequisites for their "career choice" that were on laminated cards randomly strewn about the room's floor. After they found all their laminated cards, their college guides explained how they would achieve that career choice. The students then had to put the cards in chronological order and give a presentation (public speaking practice) to their classmates. Kids and Culture Club at the U of M provided an outstanding tour and I was impressed with how the college students organized and implemented the day's activities for the 5th graders.

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