Welcome to Learning Exchange!

Teach with Learning Exchange

Interested in volunteering as a student facilitator for one our middle school after-school programs? Fill out this short form to apply and we'll be in touch soon!

 

Learning Exchange's Mission

Learning Exchange (LE) is an initiative started in 2011 to build excitement around learning math through technology. Because Providence students are falling behind in math, LE courses use computers to show middle schoolers how they can apply the subject in fun and creative ways. Students have the opportunity to become computer scientists and craft games and animations using the Scratch environment. With our Engineering/Design program, they have the opportunity to build, revise and perfect their own bridges and planes. Our program is based on one simple realization: that learning is most fun and exciting when it is made relevant to each student.

Each semester Learning Exchange recruits student volunteers from the Brown & RISD community, and runs after-school programs at local middle schools. Currently, we have programs running at Nathanael Greene and at Gilbert Stuart. In the past, we have worked at Del Sesto as well. 

The program was started by Amit Jain and Nabeel Gillani who ran the pilot in the Spring of 2011. They expanded the program during the 2011-2012 school year when they received support from the Science Center. Today, Learning Exchange is a flagship middle school initiative of the Science Center Outreach, directed by Dean Adetunji. Our current student coordinators are Jessica Dai and Jennifer He.

Reports from past semesters are available below, and serve as an excellent overview of the program.