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PETRI Scholarships

PETRI stands for Philanthropy, Education, Teaching, Research, Involvement. Founded in 2011, PETRI is a club of Mercer Island High School girls.  The club has three main areas of focus: Read More

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New Student-Created Girls to Girls Website!

Since the beginning, the Girls to Girls Scholarship Program has been inspired, driven, and run by the high school students of Vashon Island with great success. Now, SeaVuria is happy to recognize the creation of their own website, SeaVuria Girls to Girls.

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SeaVuria Partners with Rotary International!

SeaVuria is partnering with Rotary International on a two-year Vocational Training Team Grant.  Rotary International will fund a team of 7 science, math and technology teachers (the vocational team) to work with the 10 Kenyan SeaVuria schools and 7 Barringo schools to help them improve their teaching techniques from the current didactic approach to one that is interactive, hands-on, relevant, meaningful and engaging. Read More

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History of the Girls to Girls Scholarship Program

The Girls to Girls Scholarship Program began in 2011 by 6 eighth graders from Vashon Island, and its legacy continues today with a group of high school students that have chosen to carry on the mission. The story of its inception is told here by founding member, Aubrey Kraabel: Read More

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Bringing Hands-On Learning to the Schools

In the summer of 2015, after 4 days of professional development and guiding teacher collaboration into the design of hands-on science lessons, it was time to take it to the schools…

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UMass Spark Page

Last Summer, SeaVuria was happy to partner with students in the UMass Amherst iCons program to develop several global-problem case studies for use in the classroom. The case study curriculum, now available for use on our SeaVuria Projects Page, includes the topics of Antibiotic Resistance, Ocean Acidification, Sustainability, and Oil Spills. Read More

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SeaVuria Expands Projects!

SeaVuria strongly believes in the efficacy of Project Based Learning (PBL), a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. So, we are creating projects!

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Our Schools:

SeaVuria pairs schools here in the Pacific Northwest to schools in rural Kenya. Learn more about our schools here.

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Our History:

In November of 2008, SeaVuria’s founder, MaryMargaret Welch, and three other delegates from Eastside Catholic School in Seattle, traveled to Bamba, Kenya to set up a sister school partnership. During this trip they were met with enthusiastic children and devoted teachers, each longing for a quality education, but limited by circumstance. For many students, financial and family constraints limited access to a full education; for teachers, the cultural norm of didactic teaching methods hindered student engagement, specifically impacting math and science scores on national exams. Read More

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Teacher Training

In our story, SeaVuria Expands Projects!, we mentioned that research shows “Teachers may need time and professional development to become familiar with Project Based Learning methods, but those who make this shift in classroom practice report increased job satisfaction. (Hixson, Ravitz, & Whisman, 2012; Strobel & van Barneveld, 2009)

It is our goal at SeaVuria, to not just ship over technology tools and curriculum packages to the rural schools of Kenya, but to share our time, experience, and ideas in a collaborative setting, designed to edify teachers and make them successful in the classroom.

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